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Pakistan was awarded the prestigious Edouard Saouma Award by Jose Gratizano da Silva, Director General of the FAO on 25th June at a simple but impressive Awards ceremony held during the 41st Session of the FAO Conference.

Pakistan jointly shared the award with Rwanda. The Edouard Saouma Award is presented to national or regional institutions which have efficiently implemented projects funded by FAO’s Technical Cooperation Program (TCP).

Pakistan was given the award for successfully controlling the spread and consequent control of Foot and Mouth disease in livestock in Pakistan.

The award was received by Dr. Khurshid Ahmed, Animal Husbandry Commissioner on behalf of Ministry of National Food Security & Research, Government of Pakistan.

Dr, Khurshid in his acceptance speech briefly spoke about the advances made by Pakistan in controlling this communicable disease. He highlighted the national FMD program and spoke about the project “Risk-based FMD control in Pakistan”. He stressed further collaboration with FAO in future to eradicate the menace of FMD.

The ceremony was attended by the visiting Ministers, Ambassador of Pakistan, Permanent representatives, diplomats, senior officials of FAO and members of the civil society.

02 July 2019

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