DILI, 13 march 2023 (TATOLI)- Australian government through the Australian Development Partnership Program (DFAT) provided over 3.5 million Australian dollars to invest in three vital programs of veterinary.
The president of Timorese Veterinary Medical Association (AMVTL), Antonio Do Carmo said the financial support was provided to ensure the diagnostic process of animal diseases by investing in the three important programs including Strengthening the laboratory program through the diagnostic process, Field operational program, and Epidemiology program.
“The programs are triangular based to supporting each other to ensure the improvement and strengthen the veterinary in Timor-Leste,’’ The president of AMVTL, Antonio Do Carmo told journalists in Timor Hotel, this monday
The implementation of these programs will be in between the coordination between AMCTL and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF).
Grant Rawli a Professor of Agriculture Research from Victoria University Australia, stated that Australia is committed to supporting Timorese Veterinary Medical Association (AMVTL), as part of DFAT-funded projects, by looking at developing the entire veterinary projects in Timor-Leste while the other proposal is to develop Vats involving animal health protection.
“We have been working closely with Timor- Leste over three years and we have identified some animal diseases that can be effected to public health in Timor-Leste,’’ Professor Rawli said.
Rawli said some of Timor-Leste’s animal disease diagnostics are African Swan Fever (ASF) and Chicken fever.
“We are also working closely with Timor-Leste Veterinary doctors who work close to the animal rather than the people focused on public health. We also work on infectious diseases in animal, livestock better production and others,’’ He said
The intervention way is provided on a settled-up system to stop animal diseases such as ASF and others through diagnostic tests in the laboratory in Timor Leste: “It is helping to stop the spreading of the animal virus to the other animal or even people’s health,”
The fund provided by the Australian government through the DFAT today was to support the implementation of the three programs within five years 2023- 2027.
Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá
Editor: Nelia B.