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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nepal : Govt proposes to give it continuity

Via The Himalayan Times :

" Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MoAC) proposed today to give continuity to the activities of Avian Influenza Control Project after its tenure with the World Bank under Trust Fund is completed.

Indrakant Jha, project director of AICP under MoAC said that WB has asked the project to apply for continuing the programme under human and animal facility fund at the bank with estimated budget of 5.9 million.

AICP will completing its tenure on 31 July this year.

The project has been established in the country to minimise the threat posed to humans by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza infection and other diseases by controlling such infections among domestic poultry and preparing for, controlling and responding to an influenza epidemic and other related infectious disease emergencies in humans.

“World Bank is satisfied with the activities of AICP project, so they are asking us to apply with a proposal to continue the project,” said the project director. He added that the ministry is be drafting the proposal and will present it before delegates of WB visiting on July 28.

Jha informed that the country is working with intensive livestock development project with estimated budget of Rs 95 million for immediate response to the diseases.

The ministry is also drafting a proposal on control and containment of emerging pathogenic diseases with World Bank."

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