Animal Health and Production

Livestock plays an important role in the social, cultural and economic environment of Pacific Island communities. Indeed many, of the important social and cultural events in island life cannot be properly carried out without the slaughter and presentation of livestock in sufficient numbers. The Animal Health and Production thematic team works together in the Pacific region to develop prosperous, efficient and sustainable animal health and production systems, producing healthy animals and safe products for food security and income generation.

Project to address quality management systems in animal health data collection
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 15:01


Proficiency in responding to animal disease outbreaks will be enhanced through a pilot project to improve data collection on animal health status. The project will develop rapid animal health risk assessment tools, which are necessary to allow increased trade in animals and animal products from Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).

Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea are the target Pacific Island countries for an Australian Agency for International Development project under Australia’s Pacific Public Sector Linkages Programme. The AUD 750,000 project will be a collaboration between SPC’s Animal Health and Production Section, the four Pacific island countries and James Cook University in Townsville, Australia.

An improved national capacity in animal health disease surveillance and reporting — compliant with the World Organisation for Animal Health guidelines — will assist in the development of trade in animals and animal products from the four island countries.

The project will enhance capacity through appropriate skills training on laboratory test protocols and knowledge to support animal health certification and disease investigation programmes.
An output of the project will be enhanced capacity in the collection, transport and handling of reference samples between Australia and target countries. Additionally, a framework will be established for significant livestock industries in each country to progress with animal health status requirements and biosecurity risk assessments for trade in animals or animal products. A network of professional animal health technicians and veterinarians will also be developed to serve the interests of PICTs for food security.
Local animal health and paraveterinary officers will be consulted once surveillance data collection tools are ready to be deployed to targeted livestock production areas.

Human resource capacity enhancement will be built into the project through two PhD scholarships: one for studying the protocols necessary for laboratory quality management and quarantine standards, and the other for studying epidemiology and developing the tools required for disease surveillance.

Every effort will be made to ensure that both men and women will be included in the project’s planning and implementation phases. In some Melanesian countries, women are in a better position than men to provide accurate health information on livestock because of their day-to-day involvement with livestock.  In general, the family unit will be included in all livestock owner discussions.

For more information, please contact Dr Ken Cokanasiga, Adviser, SPC Land Resources Division, Animal Health and Production Section: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or LRD helpdesk: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it




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