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Posted - 28 Jan 2023 :  15:37:11  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
SNIPPET:

"Department of Livestock Service (DLS), is incapacitated in performing its functions"

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https://foroyaa.net/nari-deputy-director-says-livestock-dept-incapacitated-in-performance/
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By: Kebba AF Touray on January 27, 2023

Dr. Demba NA Trawally, the Deputy Director of the National Research Institute (NARI), told the joint committee on Agriculture and Health that under current circumstances, the Department of Livestock Service (DLS), is incapacitated in performing its functions. Dr. Trawally said this yesterday 26th January 2023, during his appearance before the joint committee on Agriculture and Health, for the submission of their position paper on the proposed 2020 Animal Health Bill, to the said committee.

According to Dr. Trawally, the DLS is incapacitated in performing its duties both as a service provider to livestock farmers and a regulator of the movement of livestock and livestock and veterinary products such as meat, diary, drugs, feed etc., within and into the country, all at a time when the world is full of unscrupulous value-chain actors. He asserted that the bill if enacted, will also improve the sanitary and zoo-sanitary standards of livestock markets, slaughter facilities, meat stalls and other outlets of livestock products, in order to meet national food safety standards as contained in the Food Safety Act 2005.

Dr. Trawally told members that veterinary service in the country is mandated to prevent and control livestock diseases in the country’s national herd and other herd health related matters. The service he said has been struggling to meet its functions, within the confines of the obsolete Animal Diseases Act-1994.

“The Act has become obsolete in the face of a rapidly changing world in terms of priority needs and climate change, and in meeting food safety, security and compliance with international standards,” he said. He told committee members that to address these uncertainties and future developments in an adequate way, a bill that acknowledges the uncertainties and complexities of livestock services is indispensable. The review he said was made considering the complex interactions between socio-economic factors, political development, climate change and the global context with the objective of producing a new robust version, in the face of a changing livestock sub-sector and climate.

“The advocated Animal Health Bill 2020, currently being reviewed by NAMs, has a holistic approach to disease control, food safety, international trade in livestock, farmer compensation and regulation of importation, manufacture and composition of livestock drugs and feed,” he said. That these approaches will undoubtedly unlock the potentials of the livestock sub-sector in enhancing household and national food and nutrition security, through an increase in both farmer income and livestock production and productivity. This he said will put the country in the right footing of playing a major role in international trade in livestock.

“The bill if enacted and its provisions properly implemented, will improve both animal and human health, increase our national herd population and enable the sub-sector to generate the much needed foreign currency from sale of livestock and livestock products beyond our borders,” he told the Joint Committee. He underscored that the effects of climate change on livestock production due to insecurity of feed and water and the emergence and re-emergence of animal diseases, calls for swift and parallel counter efforts from all stakeholders, and the introduction of mitigation policies by the government.

“Livestock farmers being the custodians of our livestock herd population, stand to be the main beneficiaries of this bill if enacted. Under the current Diseases of Animal Act 1994, livestock farmers and by extension the country, are the most disadvantaged and deprived. They are neither able to satisfy domestic in needs in livestock and livestock products, nor able to access the international market,” he lamented. He said recurrent disease outbreaks, lack of meat and poultry and the misuse of veterinary drugs, have led to very unhealthy livestock and human populations, which the bill also seek to address. That if enacted, livestock owners, feed and drug manufacturers and importers, will be obliged to operate within the confines and provisions of the Animal Health Bill, 2020, thereby sanitizing livestock production through improved services and effective control measures.

“Currently, the animal welfare situation in the country is appalling, as drought animals (horse and donkeys) are deprived of their basic freedoms. Whilst they contribute immensely to household food security and welfare, these animals continue to be over-worked and under-fed and poorly housed, with little or nor veterinary care,” he expounded.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.

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Posted - 28 Jan 2023 :  15:43:15  Show Profile Send toubab1020 a Private Message  Reply with Quote

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https://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/headlines/walic-nari-present-animal-health-bill-2020-for-review
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#Headlines
WALIC, NARI present Animal Health Bill 2020 for review

Jan 27, 2023, 11:48 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

The West Africa Livestock Innovation Center (WALIC) and the National Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) yesterday presented the Animal Health Bill 2020 to the Joint Committee on Agriculture and Health of the National Assembly for review.

Presenting the document before the committee, Dr Demba Trawelleh, deputy director of NARI, said the Veterinary Services (VS) of The Gambia, which is mandated to prevent and control livestock diseases in the country’s national herds and other health-related matters, has been “struggling to meet its functions, within the confines of the other obsolete Diseases of Animals Act, 1944”.

According to Trawalleh, the Act has become obsolete in the face of a rapidly changing world, in terms of priority needs, climate change and in meeting food safety, food security and compliance with international standards.

The animal health bill is out to address these uncertainties and future developments in an adequate way, DG Trawalleh told the committee, adding that it also underpins an extensive review of the Diseases of Animals Act, 1944, considering complex interactions between socio-economic factors, political developments, climate change, and the global context with the objective of producing a new robust version in the face of a changing livestock sub-sector and climate.

The advocated Animal Health Bill, 2020, currently being reviewed by NAMs, has a holistic approach to disease control; food safety, international trade in livestock, farmer compensation and regulation of the importation, manufacture, composition, etc of livestock drugs and feed will undoubtedly unlock the potentials of the livestock sub-sector in enchancing household and national food and nutrition security, through an increase in both farmer income and in livestock production and productivity, thus putting the country in the right footing in playing a major role in international trade in livestock.

He said: “The bill, if enacted and its provisions properly implemented, will improve both animal and human health, increase our national herd population and enable the sub-sector generate the much-needed foreign currency from the sale of livestock and livestock products beyond our borders.”

Trawalleh added that Botswana and Namibia are among a few countries in Africa that have free access to the European market for their livestock and livestock products, mainly because of the animal health policies, pursued by their respective governments.

“We as a country can achieve the same, by enacting this bill,” he said.

"Simple is good" & I strongly dislike politics. You cannot defend the indefensible.
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