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.

Improving capacity in animal health and disease reporting
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 12:33

Pacific Island countries can look forward to continuing to export marine ornamental products to the European Union (EU) conditional on improving their reporting on the status of animal and aquatic health in the region to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).This lack of animal health reporting capacity has become a specific trade facilitation issue affecting the Pacific region’s export trade in ornamental aquatic species worth approximately USD 20 million annually.

In 2009, the EU introduced new legislation requiring competent authorities to meet particular reporting requirements, including mandatory country membership of the OIE. At present, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia and New Caledonia are the only Pacific Island members of OIE apart from Australia and New Zealand.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) successfully negotiated with the EU to maintain this trade opportunity, as well as to have non-OIE members added to the list of exporting countries. However, the EU’s agreement is conditional on these Pacific island countries and territories meeting the  terrestrial and  aquatic animal health reporting requirements of OIE.

OIE’s web-based World Animal Health Information System (WAHIS) is the standard system for reporting a country’s animal health status. 

A second regional workshop is proposed to train appropriate fisheries, quarantine and animal health staff in using the WAHIS system and animal health reporting procedures. The focus of the workshop will be to ensure that countries currently exporting aquatic ornamentals are able to comply with OIE reporting procedures. The WAHIS training will also allow Pacific Island countries and territories to demonstrate their animal health status in regards to other potential aquatic, live animals and livestock export products. The workshop will also be an opportunity to discuss the possible scope and functions of regional animal health information systems that could be developed specifically for the Pacific Islands region.

The first training on the WAHIS system was conducted for a number of Pacific countries in July 2009 by SPC in association with OIE. Subsequent follow-up, however, has shown that additional work is required in order to strengthen countries’ ability to comply with the reporting requirements and operate the WAHIS system.

The ‘Regional Terrestrial and Aquatic Disease Reporting Training’ workshop will be held in Nadi, Fiji Islands, 21–25 June 2010.

The training will be coordinated by SPC’s Animal Health and Production team in collaboration with the Aquaculture Section of the SPC Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Environments (FAME) division , with funding from the EU through the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.

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