Improved communications addressed in Vanuatu Livestock Disease Emergency Response Plan


VanuatuLaefstockThe Vanuatu Animal Disease Emergency Response Plan has been refined and updated to improve the communication and dissemination of information during emergencies.

This follows the conclusion of a workshop late last month involving participants from the Vanuatu Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Forestry and Biosecurity (MALFFB) at the Vanuatu Agriculture College in Santo.

The workshop was facilitated by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with MALFFB and the Vanuatu Agriculture College.

Animal health is a major issue that needs to be closely monitored in the Pacific as this affects farmers’ livelihoods, human health and national economies.

Livestock contributes significantly to Vanuatu’s economy and cultural life as Vanuatu is the only Pacific island country that currently exports beef to nations such as Japan, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. Santo accounts for 40 to 60 percent of the nation’s total beef exports, and in 2014, Santo operations exported a total of 265 metric tonnes of beef.

After the Vanuatu Laefstock Disease Emergency Response plan was reviewed, the 30 participants, including five women, participated in a desktop drill to familiarise themselves with command and control structures and practices, and reporting channels when responding in a timely manner to any incursions of serious exotic diseases or animal pests that may enter the country. READ MORE