Transboundary animal diseases (TADs) are highly contagious and can spread extremely rapidly, irrespective of national borders. They cause high rates of death and disease in animals, thereby having serious socio-economic and sometimes public health consequences while constituting a constant threat to the livelihoods of livestock farmers.
Following the Syrian crisis, the growing uncontrolled livestock movement has increased significantly across the borders of neighbouring countries. Unvaccinated live animals are being legally imported or illegally with minimum or zero quarantine. Veterinary services in some of the neighbouring countries are weak and are not capable of managing the threat of emerging TADs from Syria.
As a part of its mandate, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been committed in fighting TADs also through the provision of technical assistance to veterinary services of member countries to improve their capacity to prevent and control animal diseases.
It is within this framework that in Lebanon the FAO, in collaboration with the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture, is organizing a three-day training workshop on Veterinary Quarantine and Borders Inspection Procedures.
The training, to be held from 7 to 9 October in Beirut, will benefit Quarantine Services from Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon and will aim to improve import controls and inspection procedures both for live animals and animal products in order to safeguard the country’s animal health status.
This training is part of a regional technical cooperation project “Strengthening veterinary quarantine capacity in Middle East countries”.
The project, funded by FAO, aims to facilitate the establishment of an effective animal quarantine system working according to international standards in order to provide the necessary levels of safety and minimize the risks for the introduction into Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen of animal diseases from imports of live animals and animal products.