The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) refurbishes fourteen veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the newly merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with support from United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
Veterinary diagnostic labs have been refurbished at fourteen selected locations in Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan districts. These centers are refurbished with civil works and labs that are equipped with diagnostic tools and storage facilities to facilitate long-term storage of vaccines. Solar energy systems have been installed at all centers to ensure the uninterrupted power supply.
FAO is working in close collaboration with the Livestock and Dairy Development Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Merged Districts to strengthen capacities and improve livestock services in the area. Establishment of veterinary diagnostic laboratories are a part of the activities that will support diagnoses, control, and eradication of diseases in animals.
Specimens from animals that are suspected to have been affected by infectious and non-infectious diseases can be analyzed in the laboratories which will help detection of causative agents for timely diagnosis of diseases and treatment. Similarly, fecal examination can be performed in these laboratories and proper anthelmintic drugs can be prescribed upon detection of parasites. A healthy animal, free of diseases and worms have increased production, resulting in enhanced food security and livelihoods for the vulnerable communities.
“Modernization of the veterinary diagnostic laboratories play a critically important role in advancing animal farming in the newly merged districts, where advantages of modern technologies could not be accessed for decades,” said Mr. Farrukh Toirov, Deputy FAO Representative in Pakistan.
FAO in coordination with Livestock and Dairy Development Department (L&DDD) is working in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Merged Districts to provide animal health and breed improvement services to the livestock farmers through a network of established veterinary institutions.
These institutions have been categorized into civil veterinary hospitals, civil veterinary dispensaries and artificial insemination centers where veterinary officers, veterinary assistants/supervisors are placed. The basic purpose of these institutions is to provide animal health services, artificial insemination and livestock extension activities in the target areas.
FAO with support from DFID has accessed approximately 42,000 households to resume agricultural production and restart normal economic activities, and reduce poverty and economic inequalities through sustainable agriculture development in the targeted districts.