British Embassy Welcome the commencement of local elections in Nepal, with voting in three of the seven provinces on 14, May.
“We are not commenting on the process at this stage. We urge progress from all stakeholders to work to create the necessary conditions to ensure that the people of the remaining four provinces are also given the opportunity to exercise their democratic right to directly elect local representatives on 14 June,” read a statement issued by British Embassy.
“We encourage unrestricted international election observation to be authorised for the next phase of the polls, to enable the international community, including accredited diplomats, to observe and offer support to the outcomes of the election. We urge any protests to be undertaken peacefully and that the security forces act with restraint. We regret the loss of life in relation to the electoral process over the past week,” said a press statement.
The British Embassy reiterates that it remains committed to working with all stakeholders for an inclusive, peaceful and broadly-supported election process.
Foot-and-Mouth Disease Real Time Training continues in Nepal
Kathmandu- Two course on “Real-Time” foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) training were completed in Kathmandu on Friday 12 May 2017. Thirty four Veterinarians and animal industry stakeholders from Nepal, Australia and New Zealand participated in the training.
“The international team visited active outbreaks of disease, conducted thorough outbreak investigations and interviewed local farmers in the different localities of Kathmandu and Nawalparasi districts. During the field visits, the participants went through the process of understanding the transmission patterns and impacts of this highly contagious livestock disease,” said a press release issued by FAO.
The training program has been running since 2012 and is funded by the Australian Government, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. So far 120 Nepalese veterinarians alongside 250 Australian and New Zealand veterinarians have been trained.
In Nepal, FMD is endemic, and outbreaks occur frequently, leading to heavy production losses for affected farmers. Nepalese veterinarians seek to improve their outbreak investigation skills, and understand the most effective ways to limit the spread and impacts of the disease.
The Real Time Training Courses are organised by FAO’s European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease and FAO in coordination with Department of Livestock Services in Nepal. This unique programme combines colleagues from around the world who approach the same disease from very different standpoints.
Alongside the training courses, the program funds support to the development of an FMD control strategy in Nepal, and provide regular technical expertise in the roll-out of the strategy and improved diagnostic testing at Nepal’s FMD and Trans-boundary Animal Disease Laboratory. The new FMD Control Strategy achieved ministerial approval in 2016. The program is currently planned to run in Nepal until 2020.
Those from FMD free countries seek to improve their ability to diagnose the disease early and effectively, hoping to reduce the impact of an exotic disease incursion which could be devastating to their national economies with large export industries in animals and their products.