The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has dished out equipment and consumables to Tanzania in order to prevent and control the spread of animal diseases.

LivestockThey were given under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Emerging Pandemic Threat phase 2 (EPT2) program, worth 31,007 U.S. dollars and were handed over to the Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries (MALF).

They included materials for sample collection, transportation and preservation from livestock including vacutainers, needles, animal restraining materials, and Geographical Positioning System (GPS), among others.

Fred Kafeero, FAO Country Representative, said Monday that livestock plays an important role in the country’s economy and therefore the organization understands the need to control the spread and impacts of diseases.

FAO has been working in collaboration with ministries responsible for livestock development in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar in the implementation of the EPT2 Programme.

William Ole Nasha, Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, commended the support and collaboration by FAO and USAID in boosting Tanzania’s efforts to address the spread of priority diseases in its livestock population. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/