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FAO, MOA Begin Livestock Training In Bong
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FAO, MOA Begin Livestock Training In Bong
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, September 19 (LINA) - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture Monday commenced a week-long animal disease recognition and surveillance training in Bong County.

About twenty-five Livestock officers and animal health workers from Nimba, Lofa, Bong, Margibi and Grand Bassa Counties are participating in the training exercise.

FAO Veterinary Consultant Roland Varkpeh told journalists that the training is intended to further capacitate the Livestock Officers in identifying and treating animal diseases in their respective counties.

He said there are serious challenges in the area of livestock rearing, adding that more attention is needed to help minimize some of those challenges, especially disease outbreaks.

According to Varkpeh, Africa is home to most of the known endemic trans-boundary animal diseases, noting that it was important to adequately improve the skills of those in the field to enhance livestock development in Liberia.

He noted that the impact of animal diseases continues to be a major constraint for livestock production and trade in Africa, noting that 12 out of 15 known trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs) are endemic on the continent.

Varkpeh said among these known TADs, PPR is one of the most devastating diseases of small ruminants across the continent, particularly West Africa.

He added that Liberia for the first time experienced a PPR outbreak in April 2015 and since then the FAO has been partnering with the Ministry of Agriculture to train more Livestock Officers and animal community health workers in working with animal farmers to improve the livestock sector.

Varkpeh said participants will also be trained mainly in control and containment of animal diseases as well as strengthening the country’s veterinary services, including development of animal disease contingency plan, PPR outbreak and socio-economic assessment.

The first phase of  the training, which will last for three days, is targeting Livestock Officers and animal health workers, while the second phase which starts on Thursday, will  bring together animal quarantine officers from the six counties.


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