SAARC meet on bird flu concludes

Written by Commodities Bureau | New Delhi, Jun 10 | Updated: Jun 12 2008, 05:04am hrs
The two-day meeting of the SAARC chiefs of veterinary services recommended the need for timely information sharing on outbreak of livestock diseases, adopting biosecurity measures in animal production, regional surveillance as an early warning system, capacity building and progressive harmonisation of veterinary services for effective management of transboundary animal diseases (TADs) in the sub-region.

The meeting also identified action points both at regional and national levels. In order to achieve better regional co-operation, a road map was drawn up with special emphasis on regional disease reporting mechanism, an early alert system, building up network of quality diagnostic laboratories as well as harmonisation of veterinary services across the region through performance evaluation as well as continuous education.

Chief veterinary officers and technical staff from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and India participated in the meeting, where they analysed the animal health situation in the region with special focus on TADs. These recommendations will be placed before the next meeting of the SAARC Technical Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.