The governments of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, through the Andean Community (CAN), and Venezuela, requested FAO technical assistance to ensure an Andean subregional strategy for control and eradication of the disease.
19 countries in the region, together with the FAO, launched the Continental Plan for the Eradication of CSF in the Americas, which seeks to achieve elimination by 2020, which has already had some success.
In 2011, there were high levels of eradication in the North, Central and Southern Cone, as well as improvements in the structuring of eradication programs in the Caribbean, which today join the efforts of the countries of the Andean Community and Venezuela with the Andean subregional strategy.
In fact, Colombia in 2011 has achieved its third CSF free zone, reaching a land area of 48%, which accounts for 70% of the country's pig population, the result of a successful strategic alliance between organized pig farmers, the country, IICA and government authorities. For its part, Peru began a successful vaccination program that progressing in its coverage.
The heads of veterinary services and representatives of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela met with members of the organized sector of national pork producers, the Ibero-American Pork Producers (OIPORC) and FAO specialists in Bogota, Colombia, to set the action plan for the sub-control project in the Andean countries.
Participants assessed the current situation of the countries and their control of the disease and progress in implementing the Continental Plan. In addition, they worked on the reformulation of national programs, and evaluation of national regulations.
The FAO project will also study the socioeconomic impacts of CSF in the subregion and its effects on food security, and seek to strengthen national veterinary diagnostic laboratories, among others.
Monday May 21, 2012/ FAO.