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Promoting youth in agriculture through animal health activities

The SPC Animal Health and Production team recently organised a short workshop for Year 2 students taking the Higher Diploma in Animal Health (DAH) course at Fiji National University.  The goal of the workshop, held on 8 June at SPC Nabua, was to expose the DAH students to some of the animal health activities undertaken in Fiji and the Pacific region. Part of the SPC Youth in Agriculture Strategy is to explore ways in which young people can be supported to take up careers in agriculture. For this reason, workshop presentations were targeted to develop awareness of the animal health situation in the region and the role of the SPC Animal Health and Production team.   One of the presentations described the Food Animal Biosecurity Network (FABN), a collaborative project between James Cook University (JCU), and the SPC Animal Health and Production team, aimed at enhancing animal health field and laboratory capabilities of Pacific Island countries and territories.  The project will initially focus on four countries — Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea — to implement project activities over the next two years. The project also supports research into brucellosis and livestock movement risk assessments, which two PhD candidates, Dr Aurelie Brioudes, a veterinarian, and SPC Animal Health Technical Officer, Mr Andrew Tukana, are undertaking. They came to the workshop and made a presentation of their research for the FNU students. The FABN project hopes to involve the DAH students in field surveys to help develop their skills in the effective delivery of livestock surveys.   Dr Brioudes provided notes on the methodology and emphasized key points in the effective conduct of farm-market surveys and farmer interviews.  As a practical exercise, students were provided with copies of the survey questionnaire and they will trial it by conducting farmer and market-vendor interviews over the next two weeks. The students’ feedback on the interview and survey process will be used to improve the methodology and effective delivery of the FABN livestock movement risk assessment survey in the four identified countries. For more information, please contact: Ms Anju Mangal on (Tel: + 679 3370733; email: LRD HELPDESK: LRDhelpdesk@spc.int ) or visit the SPC Website: www.spc.int. Source: SPC (Secretariat of the Pacific Community) Read original post on this Link: Promoting youth in agriculture through animal health activities