Subregional Office for Central Asia (SEC)

Animal Production and Health

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In Central Asia, the vast majority of livestock production is still done at the household level. Sheep, goats, poultry and dairy animals make a substantial contribution to household food security by providing food, income, energy and fertilizers.

Nevertheless, small-scale livestock producers are often constrained by poor access to markets and the presence of diseases that may result in productivity well below the potential.

Through the Office, Central Asian countries are assisted in developing and implementing programmes to improve the income of small-scale producers and in developing appropriate preventive and response mechanisms (early warning, early detection and early response) to the threats posed by transboundary animal diseases.

Animal Production and Health Officer: Abdul Baqi MEHRABAN

Recent News

Animal Welfare workshop held in Ankara

(6-8 May 2014, Ankara-Turkey) Animal Welfare in Livestock and Meat Production for the Central Asian countries took place in Ankara from 6 to 8 May 2014 with the aim of assisting Turkey and Central Asia in the implementation and enforcement of existing and future animal welfare standards and legislation.

Vets go private, crush brucellosis in Central Asian republic, 25 February 2011, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

A dramatic decline in brucellosis, a serious disease affecting both livestock and humans in this Central Asia country, is being hailed as the first major victory of the recently privatized national animal health service.