The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has revealed Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) and Zoonosis as a challenge in the country’s agricultural sector.
Country Representative, FAO, Mr. SuffyanKoroma, who was represented by Mr. Columba Vakuru, disclosed this at the three-day training on Good Emergency Management Practices (GEMP) themed “Strengthen Capacity to Manage Animal Disease Emergencies in Nigeria” held in Abuja.
He said that lives stock contributes about one-third of the agricultural sector GDP but would bring in more if these issues are attended to. He identified other challenges to the sector such as poor veterinary services, inexperienced technical expertise, lack of appropriate policy and poorly organised livestock value chains.
“Since 2015, several outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and H5N8 in many states have underlined the ever-present threat of emergence and re-emergence of TADs and Zoonosis.This training will prepare competent hands to promptly and swiftly respond to any emergency zoosanitary situations in the country,” he said.
In his response, Director, Department of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of Agriculture Dr. OlaniranAlabi, said in managing these pests one needs preparedness, skills, and utilisation of resources which the training would tackle. He also commended FAO for their support even when it was not expected.
“I will like to appreciate the efforts and support of the FAO for supporting this training. FAO has always been with us particularly in our moments of critical needs,” he said.
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