|A veterinary official vaccinates pigs at a small-scale livestock farm. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam is stepping up research to produce a vaccine that will actively control foot and mouth disease (FMD), Agriculture Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam said.
At the international conference on FMD held by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in Ha Noi yesterday, the deputy minister said FMD was one of the most dangerous animal diseases and was also a major obstacle to international trade for animals and animal products.
Viet Nam has tried to control the disease through the implementation of a national programme to control and eradicate it in two phases from 2006 to 2015.
The ministry has proposed the Government should continue to roll out the programme in the third phase from 2016 to 2020.
According to Ngo Thanh Long, Deputy Director of the Veterinary Department, FMD ranks first on the list of global infectious diseases that need to be controlled, following the list released by the World Veterinary Association.
Vaccines are one of many important measures needed to control the outbreak of the disease, but the shortage of the vaccine in Viet Nam is still a barrier to disease prevention, Long said.
It is not so hard to combat the disease in Viet Nam, and the country has the potential to research and produce this vaccine, he added.
Therefore, related agencies should get scientists and vaccine manufacturing companies to cooperate in producing a vaccine to control FMD, he said.
Success in controlling the disease will help the country improve its exported animal products, Long said. — VNS