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China, Japan, Korea, Mongolia discuss FMD control

DATE:2013-11-14       SOURCE:Veterinary Bureau, MOA
 

 

The Workshop on Prevention and Control of Foot and Mouth Disease was held in Lanzhou on Nov.12th, 2013. Participants discussed joint actions against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).

 

To implement ministers' commitments made at the China-Japan-Korea Trilateral Agricultural Ministers' Meeting held in 2012, the Workshop discussed FMD situation in the region, challenges posed by FMD, measures on healthy livestock production and public health. At the Workshop, participants from China, Japan, Korea and Mongolia shared policies, measures and experience of FMD control.

In his opening speech, MOA Veterinary Bureau Deputy Director-General Huang Weizhong stressed that intensifying joint FMD control is China's major strategy set in the National Medium and Long-Term Plan for Animal Disease Control (2012-2020), and a component of joint control of trans-boundary animal diseases (TAD).

 

The effective control and stamping out of FMD will play an important role in securing healthy animal farming and improving animal health in the region or even around the world, according to Huang.

 

A consensus was reached on joint FMD control:

First, to draw on experience from the South-East Asian and China Foot and Mouth Disease Campaign (SEACFMD), including exchange and cooperation in terms of technology and administration;

 

Second, to establish and improve dialogue mechanism among veterinary authorities of four countries to communicate major animal health and public health issues of common concerns on a regular basis;

 

Third, to enhance collaborative research on diagnosis technology of animal diseases and comprehensive control measures, encourage cooperation between institutes and veterinary pharmaceuticals from four countries;

 

Fourth, to further intensify TAD prevention and control, joint surveillance in bordering areas, animal movement control and timely response to emerging and re-emerging animal diseases.

 

Participants are representatives from veterinary authorities of the four countries, FAO Representation in China, China Animal Disease Control Center, China Institute of Veterinary Drugs Control, China Animal Health & Epidemiology Center, Lanzhou Institute of Veterinary Research under Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and Yunnan Animal Science and Veterinary Institute.

 

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