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Regional Livestock Policy Framework for COMESA Countries Validated

19 October 2015

Experts and officials from the livestock ministries in COMESA Member Countries convened in Lusaka, Zambia in early July 2015 to validate a comprehensive Regional Livestock Policy Framework, a premier move in bilateral cooperation within the Member States in supporting the livestock sub-sector. The African Union’s Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR), in collaboration with COMESA, has been facilitating the development and validation process of the framework over the past two years, through its VET-GOV Programme. Most importantly, the framework will be a cornerstone of guiding Member States in harmonizing control of Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (TADs) that has curtailed intra and inter-regional trade in livestock and livestock products in the EAC. The document has also outlined modalities for facilitating access to inputs to augment livestock production, productivity and competitiveness in the region to respond to the ever changing market conditions.



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