Recognition of Kazakhstan as a zone free from FMD opens borders for the export of agricultural products to WTO countries
Delegates of the International Epizootic Bureau from 180 countries who took part in the meeting of the General Assembly of the International Epizootic Bureau (OIE) unanimously voted for the assignment of this status. This became possible as a result of purposeful work on prevention and strict adherence to the FMD control strategy in accordance with international requirements, the speaker explained.
In the post-Soviet space, Belarus and Ukraine are historically safe from foot and mouth disease. Russia since 2016 has the status of a country that has certain regions of well-being for foot and mouth disease. The rest of the CIS countries do not currently have this status.
“The presence of this status enables our country to export to the WTO member countries products of animal and vegetable origin that will enable to realize the export potential of the agro-industrial complex and positively affect the development of foreign trade activity of domestic entrepreneurs”, � Kayrat Aytuganov emphasized.
The speaker also recalled that the authorized body of China on veterinary medicine (AQSAQ) in September last year lifted restrictions on foot and mouth disease because of the decision of the OIE in 9 regions. The Veterinary Control Committee of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan will continue to work with the Chinese side to remove the restriction from the five remaining regions on the basis of the newly received status.
The countries of the Persian Gulf, Iran and Israel also because of the received status are ready to coordinate with Kazakhstan the permission to export of livestock products from the entire territory of the republic.
“The decision of the OIE was the result of systemic changes in the country’s veterinary service under the new State Program for the Development of the Agroindustrial Complex of the Republic of Kazakhstan for 2017-2021 and opens new opportunities for domestic agricultural producers”, � said the First Deputy of the Minister of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Foot and mouth disease is a listed disease of the OIE, which is characterized by high contagiousness, the presence of several types, subtypes of the pathogen, has a wide range of susceptible animal species, versatility of transmission paths. In this regard, at the international level the existence of a status of a safe area from foot and mouth disease is an obligatory condition for export and import.
Veterinary Service of Kazakhstan in August 2016 officially filed a dossier to the OIE on obtaining the status of a zone free from foot and mouth disease with vaccination in five areas.
Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan