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EAC ministers to collaborate for animal management

10 June 2014, 10:36

Nairobi - The East African Council (EAC) Ministries responsible for Animal Resources and National Statistics have been called upon to strengthen their collaboration in order to enhance animal resources data management within the region.

The call was made during the meeting of experts on animal data and animal resources information system that brought together experts from the EAC Partner States’ line Ministries responsible for Animal Health and Production, Fisheries Development, Trade and EAC Affairs among others.

According to a statement from the meeting, the five-day meeting recommended to the EAC Sectoral Council on Agriculture and Food Security to urge all the five Partner States to immediately initiate the use of ARIS 2.

“A Technical Working Group on animal resources data should also be established at National and Regional levels and the draft Terms of Reference adopted,” read the statement.

The meeting urged the Fisheries sector to review and update its ARIS 2 modules; and urged the Livestock Data Innovation Project in Africa to expand its coverage to all the remaining EAC Partner States of Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda to support improvement of livestock data collection in its second phase of the Project.

At the meeting, the Deputy Secretary General of the EAC in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Jesca Eriyo, emphasized the importance of data in investment decisions and noted that investing in data collection, collation and analysis of the livestock were was a good idea that would improve management and planning of the sector.

She noted that animals, including livestock and fisheries, played a critical role in contributing to food security, income generation amongst other key economic and cultural roles.

Currently, the demand for livestock and livestock products has increased and it is projected that it would increase in future with increasing population and improved income.

 – CAJ News

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