Islamabad, August 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Federal Government will undertake all necessary steps to assist provincial governments in eradicating animal diseases particularly PPR and Foot and Mouth disease in livestock.
Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan Federal Minister for the Ministry of National Food Security and Research said this while speaking on the occasion of Inception Workshop of the Project “Progressive control of PPR in sheep and goats in Pakistan”, here today.
The Workshop was organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations which was attended by Seerat Asghar Jaura, Secretary Ministry of National Food Security, Dr Kevin Gallaghar, FAO Representative in Pakistan, Dr David Ashford, Animal Health Attache’ of US Embassy and livestock professionals from all the provinces of the country.
Mr. Bosan said that Pakistan was blessed with a large livestock population well adapted to the environmental conditions of the region and 8.5 million families were connected with it. Therefore, it was imperative to control livestock diseases which were one of the major impediments to the further development of livestock sector in the country.
Federal Minister further said that the present government was committed to initiate national programs for control of transboundary animal diseases particularly Foot and Mouth disease and PPR to boost international trade and to bring relief to the rural families raising livestock for their livelihood.
Mr. Sikandar also thanked US Department of Agriculture for providing the necessary financial support and FAO for launching a project for the progressive control of PPR in the country whose purpose was to demonstrate effective disease control strategy and also train provincial field veterinarians. The federal minister also highlighted the importance of farmers’ awareness about the animal diseases for which holding of seminars and farmers’ meeting in each district of the country will play a vital role in this regard.
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