Wednesday, 27th, Khartoum, Sudan - The IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) recently organized the above national validation workshop in August 27th, 2014 in Khartoum, Sudan. The National Validation Workshop on Animal Identification and Traceability Systems (LITS) Situation Analysis in Sudan is an activity financed under the “Improving animal disease surveillance in support of trade or surveillance for trade-sensitive diseases (STSD) project”. The project is jointly coordinated and implemented by IGAD and AU-IBAR in the IGAD member states. The specific objectives of the meetings were; to review, enrich and validate the major findings of LITS Situation Analysis report in Sudan, and to agree on the next steps and way forward. The findings will contribute to have a complete situation analysis of the region and as an input to the development of the LITS regional guidelines and for the national plan on LITS in Sudan.

The welcoming remarks were made by Dr. Solomon Muchina Munyua, ICPALD Ag. Director and Dr. Samuel Wakhusama, on behalf of the AU-IBAR Director while opening remark was made by Dr. Kamal Tag El sir El Sheikh, Under Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Livestock, Fisheries and Rangelands, Sudan. A total of 34 participants, drawn from the federal Ministry and States of Kordofan, West Darfur, East Darfur, Swakin Quarantine, Representatives of pastoral communities, University and the private sector.

The participants were also divided into four working groups and discussed the following critical issues, among others that will help in follow up planning on LITS: Methods, Uses and Management of a LITS in Sudan; list of prioritized issues considered important in the planning, design and implementation of LITS and Veterinary personnel capacity building needs for establishing  LITS in Sudan.

Finally, the workshop came up with a number of recommendations and way forward, which includes compilation of the final Sudan LITS report that will feed into the regional LITS guidelines currently under development. The IGAD/ICPALD and AU-IBAR are appreciative and grateful to the European Union (EU) for having financed this event under STSD funding.