06/27/17 08:06

2nd Regional Workshop on Swine Disease Control in Asia

Beijing, P. R. China, 27-29 June 2017

Asia accounts for a big percentage both on pig raising (60%) and pork supply (56%) of the world. In recent years however, swine diseases, such as classic swine fever (CSF), highly pathogenic porcine reproductive respiratory syndrome (PRRS), foot and mouth disease (FMD) and porcine epidemic diarrhoea (PED) are emerging and becoming endemic in Asia. This has resulted in a drastic impact both on the economy and farmers’ livelihood. The outbreaks and continued spread of African swine fever (ASF) in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Russia as well as the increased movement of people and commodities from sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease remains endemic are a reason for concern and pose a serious threat to the pig industry in Asia. Reducing incidence and preventing swine diseases is a key action in the region to minimize the burden on the swine industry as well as enhancing food security and public health. On 18-19 November 2014, the OIE regional representation for Asia and the Pacific (OIE RRAP) and the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP) organized the 1st Joint FAO/OIE Workshop on Swine Disease Control in Asia in Beijing hosted by the government of China. This workshop identified an important gap in laboratory capacity in the region that limited the capacity of countries to implement disease control measures. OIE RRAP, in collaboration with China Animal Disease Control Centre (CADC), OIE Reference Laboratory (RL) for PRRS, organized two hands-on laboratory training workshops on swine disease diagnosis respectively in April 2015 and November 2016, which have brought about positive effects in strengthening the diagnostic capacity of member countries. As a follow up to the 2014 workshop and under the GF-TADs umbrella, the OIE RRAP and FAO RAP, in collaboration with China Ministry of Agriculture, is organizing the second regional workshop on Swine Disease Control in Asia.

The objectives of the workshop are to:
•Follow up on the progress since the first workshop
•Gain a deeper understanding of the swine disease situation in the Region
•Share information on zoonotic swine diseases
•Share swine disease control strategies and experiences
•Identify important challenges facing swine production sector
•Identify the main risk pathways for regional swine disease transmission
•Identify regional priorities and gaps.
•Plan a way forward