FAO renovates 14 veterinary diagnostic labs in merged districts
PESHAWAR: The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has refurbished 14 veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the newly-merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa with the support of United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).
A press release issued here on Tuesday, says that veterinary diagnostic labs have been renovated at 14 locations in Orakzai, Kurram, North Waziristan and South Waziristan districts by equipping them with the latest diagnostic tools and storage facilities to enable the long-term storage of vaccines, furthermore, solar energy systems have also been installed to ensure the uninterrupted power supply over there.
According to the press release, the FAO is working in collaboration with the Livestock and Dairy Development Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to strengthen the capacities and improve the livestock services in merged areas, while refurnishing of veterinary laboratories is a part of this program that will help the diagnoses and treatment of animals suffering from different diseases.
“Modernization of the veterinary diagnostic laboratories will play an important role in advancing the animal farming in the newly-merged districts, where advantages of modern technology could not be accessed for decades,” said Farrukh Toirov, Deputy FAO Representative in Pakistan.