BVI Vaccines Best – Ralotsia

| May 15, 2015

Minister of Agriculture, Mr Patrick Ralotsia, has called on Africans to respect and trust products from fellow Africans to help develop the continent.

Speaking at a reception organised by Botswana Vaccine Institute (BVI) and Barclays Bank in Gaborone on May 12, Mr Ralotsia said vaccines manufactured by BVI had proved to be the best for livestock as the country had managed to maintain foot and mouth disease (FMD).

Minister Ralotsia indicated that the theme for the workshop, held in Mokolodi earlier on Tuesday morning: Improving Rural Livelihoods through Sustainable Animal Disease Control Strategy, was apt as lives of those in rural areas were depended on livestock.

The workshop, he added, aimed at sensitising high level government officials, heads of missions and other stakeholders of the significance of contributions of sustainable preventative control of animal diseases towards achieving improvement on rural livelihoods in the African continent.

Mr Ralotsia said the primary focus was on countries that compromised both the current and the future BVI markets as well as where Barclays Bank Botswana was currently providing its services to the existing market.

Thus, he called on heads of missions, particularly those from Africa to support BVI by buying livestock vaccines made in Botswana, saying that would be a major development to the continent.

Mr Ralotsia commended the BVI and Barclays Bank Botswana’s initiative saying it demonstrated Botswana’s pioneering efforts in aancing sustainability of the agricultural sector in Africa.

The project, he said, was in line with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Organisation for Animal Health FAOOIE global framework that called for greater control of trans-boundary diseases with eventual goal of eradication, where possible.

Barclays Bank Botswana head of public sector, Ms Phemelo Moleofe said the collaboration between the bank and BVI demonstrated the vital private public partnerships in successfully tackling common cross-border challenges.

Ms Moleofe said their partnership with BVI enhanced the need for stakeholder intervention through vaccines and collaboration, adding the agriculture sector created a pool of employment opportunities which helped alleviate unemployment.

Again, she said their bank believed Africa was one of the gest growth regions in the world hence it would continue to remain a focal area with unparalleled platform to capture such opportunity.

She also said Barclay’s footprint across Africa positioned the bank well to capture growth opportunities.

Ms Molefe said workshop was a continuation of their long standing relationship with BVI as the bank financed the infrastructural developments which made the vaccine institute achieve international pharmaceutical standards.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Medical/Health Care

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