ARUSHA, Tanzania, (Xinhua) --
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.
They 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),
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
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.