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Stakeholders want tough veterinary public health policy

elbconline staff

(elbcradio.com/June 9, 2015)-Stakeholders in Liberia’s agriculture sector are calling for a tough veterinary public health systems policy that will control the safe production of food and animal origin in Liberia.

They said the policy should include all stakeholders and medical professionals in the delivery of these services to be established by
human public health and veterinary public health in controlling livestock in the country.
 

Grand Cape Mount County Agriculture Coordinator, Edmond Greaves, made the call recently when he spoke on behalf of stakeholders during the Liberia National Livestock Policy Plan Validation Workshop at the Ministry of Agriculture.
 
 Mr. Greaves said the stakeholders have prepared a draft policy document, if validated and enacted into law, will control livestock and its safe production of food and animal origin in Liberia.

He further said the policy option document is prepared based onthe detailed findings of various studies, field surveys, and discussions with farmer groups and associations, and a series of brainstorming sessions with key stakeholders and the Ministry of Agricultu
 

“This document was developed following the advancement of policy guidelines for the livestock sub-sector of Liberia as described by the
Food and Agriculture Policy Strategy-“From Subsistence to Sufficiency,” he said.
 

According to Mr. Greaves, livestock development in Liberia is handicapped by a number of critical constraints. 

He named animal feeds, limited vet services, trained personnel, and limited loan scheme and disease services, trained personnel, and limited loan scheme as well as disease emergency preparedness as some of the constraints.

The Grand Cape Mount County Agriculture Coordinator, stressing that quality assurance is a critical factor constraining future development of livestock in the absence of legal and regulatory framework.In remarks, Acting Agriculture Minister, Seklau Wiles, commended participants for gracing the validation workshop, noting: “Following the workshop’s validation, the document will be sent to the National Legislature for enactment into law.”

 

 

 

 

 

 


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