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Antananarivo, Thursday, March 23, 2017: Madagascar has adopted the livestock policy to improve competitiveness of local animal products on the international market. A committee of 40 stakeholders working in the livestock sector in Madagascar participated in the adoption of the policy during a two day workshop on 22 – 23rd March 2017 in Antananarivo.

The stakeholders also reviewed the results of a value chain analysis which was recently conducted on the livestock policy identifying its strengths and weaknesses.

The workshop was organized by COMESA Secretariat through the VET-GOV Programme working with the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR).

In addition to validating and consensually adopting the policy, a presentation on the results of the value chain analysis and the main recommendations was made. Participants discussed the way forward before finalising and submitting the documents to the government for endorsement.

The Director of AU-IBAR Prof. Ahmed Elsawalhy said that Madagascar was now in a position to map the way forward and implement policies that would boost the livestock sector in the coming years.

“Through this gathering, the identified strengths and weaknesses in each value chain and in the policy will be further discussed and turned into programmes for the effective development of livestock in Madagascar,” Prof. Elsawalhy said through his representative Dr Hiver Boussini

The workshop was opened by the Secretary General in the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Mr Pierrot Randrianaritiana. He commended COMESA Secretariat and AU/IBAR for their support in helping Madagascar have a well prepared livestock policy.

Mr Randrianaritiana added: “This gathering is timely and it will help us make our country penetrate the Indian Ocean and Southern African markets in supplying livestock products. The potential is there, but it requires a clear policy, a proactive strategy and a well-crafted action plan.”

The workshop brought together the national livestock policy hub members and other stakeholders.