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FAO Director-General discusses control of livestock trans-boundary diseases with Sudan’s Minister for Agriculture

“Fighting animal diseases is key in a country that neighbours seven others,” Minister says

Sudan’s Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rangelands

3 October 2014, Rome – Sudan has a key role in the battle to curb and combat animal diseases due to its strategic location, Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, Sudan’s Minister for Livestock, Fisheries and Rangelands, said today after a meeting withFAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva on the sidelines of FAO’s Committee of Agriculture (COAG).

The Minister noted that the fact that Sudan neighbours with seven other African countries makes control and surveillance especially crucial.

“We are one of the biggest livestock suppliers to the region,” he noted. Sudan is doing all it can to follow the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) guidelines in order to fight animal diseases.

South-South Cooperation

The FAO chief noted that the experience that Sudan has gained in animal disease control programmes and strategies could be “an excellent area of collaboration” with other countries in the framework of South-South Cooperation programmes.

South-South Cooperation is an effective and efficient means to achieving a world withouth hunger through mutual sharing and exchange of key development solutions between and among countries in the global south.  These include knowledge, experiences and good practices, policies, technology, know-how, and resources.

A comprehensive agricultural census

Both discussed ongoing progress towards the preparation of a comprehensive agricultural census, an initiative of importance both for FAO and for Sudan.

Fisheries and aquaculture

Discussions between FAO’s Director-General and the Sudanese Minister also touched upon the importance of fisheries and aquaculture for food security.

“Sudan has huge resources of fresh water and a long coastal area of more than 700 kilometres long,” the Minister said. He explained that the Sudanese government is currently implementing a water harvesting programme to ensure availability “for animals, humans and agriculture after the short rainy season.”

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