Livestock Farming gets more High Tech: Barbados vet lab receives diagnostic equipment from FAO
The veterinary laboratory in Barbados is now better equipped to deliver diagnostic services to local livestock farmers thanks to a donation of high tech laboratory equipment and materials valued at over US$18,000 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Included in the donation were several high performance desktop and laptop computers, a vented cabinet used for working with chemicals and reagents, which will assure the safety of laboratory staff while working with hazardous material and an ELISA Plate Reader which efficiently and accurately analyzes laboratory samples. The package also included a variety of testing supplies and kits.
Making the presentation, Dr. Cedric Lazarus, Livestock Development Officer at FAO’s Subregional Office for the Caribbean said; ” This equipment was purchased as part of a regional project which included a component to train veterinary staff in field surveillance and laboratory diagnostic procedures for swine influenza viruses as well as of other diseases of swine. Overall the project has strengthened the capacity of veterinary services to protect the health of pigs and other livestock, also providing a first line of defense against the development of diseases which could spread to the human population.
Accepting the donation on behalf of the Ministry, Chief Agricultural Officer (a.g.), Mr. Ralph Farnum, said the new tools would be put to good use…
“On behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, we would like to acknowledge this gift from FAO which will help us to carry out our surveillance, in terms of animal zoonosis etc and we hope that this collaboration continues as we go forward. We thank you again. We know this will be great for our livestock sector.“