The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries said enhancing the quality and safety of livestock products is crucial to remain competent at the global market.
While opening the 24th_annual conference of Ethiopian Society of Animal Production (ESAP) yesterday, State Minister Dr. Gebregziabher Gebreyohannes said it is important to increase the overall performance of livestock development to remain competitive at global market.
Safeguarding the quality and safety of livestock products is a global issue which arises from the increasing demand for livestock and livestock products driven by population and economic growth, Dr. Gebregziabher said.
Consumers are also becoming concerned about the quality and safety of what they consume consequently requiring the application of legal framework to protect them. Improving supply of health service and feed is important to improve quality and safety of livestock and its products, he added.
The government is taking necessary institutional measures to strengthen the administration of feed to increase the development of feed industry and animal production, he said.
The nation has established the Veterinary Drug and Feed Administration and Control Authority in 2011 to regulate the proper production, distribution and use of veterinary drugs so as to ensure safety, efficacy and quality of the products and to enhance the productivity and health of the livestock population.
ESAP President Dr. Getachew Gebru said that members of the association will play a pivotal role in improving health and quality of livestock by conducting significant researches._
According to him, researches are expected to contribute to the realization of goals set for the sector in the country’s five year development plan.
The nation has set target to increase milk production by about 93 per cent and red meat production from cattle, sheep, goats and camel to raise to over 1.5 million metric tons by 2020.
In addition to meeting local demands, the nation targets to increase export volume and diversify destinations.
Research papers and case studies regarding quality, production and marketing of livestock and livestock products will be presented at the three-day conference.