May 3, 2016, 12:06 PM
three-day seminar on Animal Resources Data Management Platform (ARDMP) has
ended on 28 October at Ocean Bay Hotel in Bakau.
The forum was hosted by the Department of Livestock Services and funded by AU-IBAR under the VET-GOV programme. It was organised to improve animal resources data management and to support policy and decision-making.
VET-GOV regional coordinator Dr Heneri Kabore said the specific objective of the seminar was to establish national platform for data management in The Gambia.
He said the seminar was also organised to collectively identify the core data that would be most relevant and useful for decision-making, and to strengthen partnership and establish data management linkage and working relations between various animal resources data sources in The Gambia.
The forum was also geared towards developing a framework for sharing of responsibilities between various animal resources data sources and agencies involved in animal resources data management, and to eventually develop and establish an MoU on animal resources data management between the core agencies involved in data management in The Gambia.
Dr Ernest Aubee, head of agriculture at ECOWAS Commission, said animal resources data management is very crucial in the development of policy and programme formulation and management.
He said the ECOWAS Commission is committed to supporting member states in the development of the livestock sector as part of the wider food security programme of the ECOWAS region.
Dr Baboucarr Jaw, chief animal health officer at AU-IBAR, said there is a need to have strong policy support to review and update the terms of reference in line with recommendations of the VET-LEG identification mission.
He said there is a need to have support to update the national vet legislation where gaps have been identified.
Dr Jaw further indicated that there is also a need to have lab support to procure lab equipment, and send experts to help set-up the rabies dice lab.
“The development of the national programme for the eradication of PPR and control of other priority small ruminant diseases is also needed,” he said.
The deputy director general, Department of Livestock Services, Lamin Saine, commended AU-IBAR for supporting The Gambia to establish a livestock policy hub and animal resource data management platform.
“The Gambia government will endeavour to see that livestock is adequately captured in the second generation GNAIP,” he said.