Canada to assist FMD eradication in S.America
The Government of Canada has announced that it is
committing CAD660,000 (US$656,0000) over the next two years to assist
governments in South America in efforts to eradicate foot and mouth disease
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Finance and Member of Parliament
for Macleod, Alberta, Ted Menzies, made the announcement at a meeting with
senior Argentinean agriculture officials last week.
Minister for agriculture, Gerry Ritz commented that "Canada has
state-of-the-art scientific expertise and technologies for FMD
management that can benefit other countries."
By sharing these capabilities, Canada can strengthen international
relationships and gathering strategic information to enhance its own foreign
animal disease management strategies.
Canada will contribute laboratory equipment and training in FMD diagnostic
technologies and computer simulation modelling to assess, predict and manage FMD
The initiative is being carried out in cooperation with the Pan-American
Health Organisation's FMD Centre for South America and the Inter-American
Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture of the Organisation of American
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