Istanbul meeting set to fight animal disease in AsiaStaff Writer | June 28, 2018
Istanbul on Wednesday began hosting a two-day meeting to boost collaboration in the fight against animal diseases in Asia.
Asia Livestock plays a major role in economic growth
It added: "Because of this, and because livestock plays a major role in economic growth in the region, it is important to address animal diseases that have the potential to impact livelihoods throughout Central, Southern, and Western Asia."
During the two-day meeting, chief veterinary officers and other experts from the governments of Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan will meet, the statement said.
If some animal diseases aren't controlled, they may cause food shortages and poverty, it added.
Tomio Shichiri, the FAO's representative in Afghanistan, said: “Together, we can build resilience to climate-related and other shocks to animal health by coordinating between the countries where these animals freely travel.” ■