Government to work with global agencies to prevent spread of diseases from animals

Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Dr. Aung Thu, addresses current and future works of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department at a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. photo: mna
Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Dr. Aung Thu, addresses current and future works of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department at a meeting in Nay Pyi Taw. photo: MNA

Myanmar will step up cooperation with international organizations to prevent the spread of infectious diseases from the trans-border trade of livestock, as part of efforts to ensure food safety in the country.
The Union Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, and Irrigation, Dr. Aung Thu, stressed the need for increased cooperation with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the ASEAN meat industry to control and prevent the spread of diseases from the trans-border livestock trade, as an outbreak can hinder exports and imports of meat and animals.
He made the remarks during a meeting with officials of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department at the ministry in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday.
At the meeting, the Union Minister and officials discussed the progress of works in 2018 and future works to be carried out in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
The Union minister also stressed the importance of conducting a livestock census, the process of collecting and recording statistics of animals that the ministry is trying to release, accurately and within a fixed period.
A livestock census plays an important role in calculating a country’s GDP, drawing up of projects, and laying down of policies, said the Union Minister.
A census is important when it comes to efforts to develop the meat industry, ensure food safety, standardize livestock products, and set labor standards for livestock industry, he added.
The minister then discussed research methods, practical application of research findings, and annual upgrade of research laboratories.
Dr. Ye Tun Win, the Director-General of the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department, reported the work conducted in each fiscal year and future tasks to be carried out by his department. After hearing the reports, the Union Minister looked into the requirements.
To prevent a decline in population of beef cattle due to exports, the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department is implementing projects for breeding livestock, including dairy cattle and buffalo, and taking a one-health approach, which includes vaccinating cattle, to prevent the spread of diseases from animals.
Awareness programmes, through educative programmes and the media, on the prevention of diseases transmitted by animals are also being conducted regularly.—MNA (Translated by Kyaw Zin Tun)

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