ISLAMABAD: The hard work of FAO executed project “Progressive control of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Pakistan” was recognized by the Regional Advisory Group at the 6th Annual Meeting of the West Eurasia FMD Road Map held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from April 28 to 30, 2015 and Pakistan’s status was upgraded from Stage 1 to Stage 2 in the FMD-Progressive Control Pathway.
According to a statement issued here on Monday, risk-based control strategy of FMD in Pakistan was presented by the Project Coordinator in the meeting and was appreciated by the experts and the participants from 13 regional countries.
It was considered as a model to be used by other regional countries for preparing their FMD risk reduction plan to qualify for the FMD-PCP Stage 2.
Progress towards the control of FMD in Pakistan was presented by Dr. Mohammad Akram, Assistant Animal Husbandry Commissioner in the Ministry of National Food Security and Research.
Pakistan was represented in the meeting with a strong delegation of five persons including Project Coordinator Dr. Mohammad Afzal, National Project Director Dr. Manzoor Hussain, National Field Officer Dr. Aftab Ahmad, Assistant Animal Husbandry Commissioner Dr. Mohammad Akram and Dr. Rashad Munir Khawaja Additional Director FMD Research Centre.
Speaking at the occasion, Project Coordinator attributed this success to the hard work of the project team, field staff of the provincial / regional Livestock and Dairy Development Departments and collaboration extended to the project by the Director Generals / Directors of these departments.
He stressed the need to continue efforts to control FMD in Pakistan for improving profitability of the livestock farmers in the country and increase milk and meat production to ensure food security and reduce poverty in the country. Financial assistance for the project was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture.