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3rd Regional Workshop on Swine Disease Control

Cebu, Philippines, 2-4 October 20189

As we are aware, Asia accounts for a big percentage both on pig raising (60%) and pork supply (56%) of the world, however, in recent years, swine diseases, such as Classic Swine Fever, Highly Pathogenic Porcine Reproductive Respiratory Syndrome, Foot and Mouth Disease and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea are 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 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.

The OIE regional representation for Asia and the Pacific (OIE RRAP) and the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP) have organized two workshops on Swine Disease Control in Asia in Beijing in 2014 and 2017 hosted by the government of China. OIE RR AP, in collaboration with China Animal Disease Control Centre (CADC), OIE Reference Laboratory (RL) for PRRS, have also organized two hands-on Laboratory training workshops on swine disease diagnosis respectively in April 2015 and November 2016, with a third being organised in August 2018. These have brought about positive effects in strengthening the diagnostic capacity of member countries.

As a follow up to these trainings and workshops and under the GF-TADs umbrella, the OIE RR AP, with financial support from the Japanese Government and in collaboration with FAO and Philippines Department of Agriculture is organising the 3rd Regional Workshop on Swine Disease Control in Asia, from 2 to 4 October 2018 in Cebu, Philippines. The aims of the workshop are to share information on swine diseases status, control measures and experiences, and to continue to move forward with regional and global collaboration and cooperation on swine disease control.