April 27-29, Serbithang: Around 45 Livestock Regulatory and Quarantine officials from all the BAFRA field offices are attending a workshop on “Challenges in Implementation of Livestock Rules and Regulations” at Chuniding Resort. The Director General for BAFRA, Dasho Namgay Wangchuk graced the opening session.
The main objective of the workshop is to discuss on challenges faced by officials while implementing Livestock Rules and Regulations of Bhutan 2008 and work out solutions to handle challenges. It is also to keep the officials abreast of the new developments in areas of animal biosecurity and veterinary public health regulatory measures taking place at national, regional and international levels. Responsibilities of Livestock Regulatory and Quarantine officials include implementation of animal biosecurity measures and inspection and certification of foods of animal origin.
With the globalisation of trade, people are moving animal species and animal products at unprecedented rates across countless borders which lead to transboundary movement of dangerous diseases. Such activities present increasing challenges to regulatory agencies like BAFRA to effectively protect health and life of animals. In addition, outbreaks of novel infectious diseases, emerging and re-emerging diseases including zoonotic diseases like Bird Flu, are on the rise worldwide.
In view of this, it is important for officials to update their knowledge and skills and keep themselves abreast with new and evolving scientific understanding of diseases and trade requirements and proportionate evolvement in regulatory regime and requirements. This is also important as the public are better educated now. BAFRA officials must be able to convince and justify scientifically for all regulatory measures that are being implemented by them.
Therefore, this workshop is being organised to provide forum for field officials to exchange experiences, discuss practical problems faced while implementing animal biosecurity and veterinary public health measures and work out solution to these problems. The outcome of the workshop would be submitted to the Ministry for endorsement following which it will be implemented.
-Karma Tenzin with photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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