FAO in Pakistan

FAO organized livestock trainings for field veterinary staff in Quetta, Balochistan


Livestock is the main source of livelihood for a large number of families in Balochistan and also contributes a major share in the GDP of the province. However, livestock diseases are a major hurdle in gaining optimum production from the livestock. Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) can cause havoc for dairy farmers if the outbreak hits milk producing animals. For capacity building of the field veterinary staff of Balochistan on handling FMD outbreak including treatment of sick animals, FAO project ‘Progressive Control of Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) in Pakistan’ organized two one-day trainings on 26-27 May 2015 in Quetta. 65 veterinarians and veterinary assistants from Quetta, Qilla Saifullah, Qilla Abdullah, Loralai and Khuzdar districts participated in these trainings. The content of these trainings included detailed sessions on FDM clinical diagnosis and epidemiology, outbreak handling, vaccines/vaccination and sample collection/submission to diagnostic laboratories. At the end of these trainings, Mr. Muhammad Siddique Mandokhel, Secretary, Livestock and Dairy Development Department (L&DD), Government of Balochistan distributed the sample collection kits to all participants. In his concluding address, Mr. Mandokhel appreciated FAO for its efforts for capacity building of field staff of L&DD and its programmes to control FMD in the province. He encouraged the field staff to support farmers to control outbreaks of FMD in their livestock. Dr. Muhammad Alam, focal person for Livestock Ministry of Balochistan; Mr. Farooq Watinshad, Political Advisor for Livestock Ministry of Balochistan; Dr. Khalid Mehmood, Disease Investigation Officer, Quetta and Dr. Baig Muhammad Kakar, Deputy Director, L&DD Balochistan were also present in the concluding sessions of these trainings.