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Challenge to Protect Livestock Sector from Disease

by 5m Editor
13 April 2010, at 7:03am

PHILIPPINES - Philippine Agriculture Secretary Bernie Fondevilla has ordered the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) to protect the livestock and poultry industries from diseases.

Issuing the challenge during the recent anniversary celebration of BAI, Mr Fondevilla said increased international trade and changes in farming systems — indicate that disease control and prevention systems must be continuously enhanced at the national, regional and international levels.

According to Asian Agribiz, he added that swift response to these persistent threats is critical to food security efforts, as well as to ensuring the income and livelihood of smallholders who make up the majority of the (livestock and poultry) subsectors.