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FAO Joins Forces with Moldovan Authorities Against African Swine Fever

8 November 2016, at 12:00am

MOLDOVA - Moldovan veterinarians, employees from regulating agencies and farmer association leaders are participating in a two-day workshop on African swine fever control and prevention, organised by FAO in partnership with the country’s National Food Safety Agency.

During the workshop, participants will get updates on prevention and control measures planned by Moldovan authorities, and learn new methods and strategies from FAO international experts. The workshop marks the start of an FAO-financed project for Moldova on transboundary animal diseases.

"One of the most important components in the prevention and control of ASF is the capacity to make informed operative decisions,” said FAO Assistant FAO Representative in Moldova Tudor Robu.

“That is why FAO is proposing a new approach with the Decision Support Tool. This mechanism has been successfully implemented in other countries in the region and should prove to be a useful tool for Moldova, too.”

Other activities include a review of current legislation and regulations on the disease for the development of a preparedness strategy and contingency plan, and organisation of a simulation exercise on surveillance, prevention and control.

Vsevolod Stamati, deputy head of the National Food Safety Agency, highlighted the importance of international cooperation in the face of transboundary diseases.

"We fully understand the critical importance of regional cooperation and exchange of successful practices in the joint effort to control ASF,” he said, “and we highly appreciate FAO’s support in this regard."

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