By Johannes Hangula
AN agricultural delegation sent by Malian Prime Minister Modibo Keita was on Tuesday accompanied by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa and his deputy Anna Shiweda during a visit to the Central Veterinary Laboratory (CVL) in Windhoek.
The delegation, which arrived in the country on Sunday, consists of the Mali’s Minister Agriculture Kassoum Denon and Minister of Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Dr Nango Dembélé.
Minister John Mutorwa said, “The delegation is in Namibia for a four-day visit with the specific objective of engaging the Namibian government, various ministries on very important bilateral issues …’’
“We have already agreed that as we pursue what we have decided in the joint commission, the minutes will be signed tomorrow with the Minister of International Relations, which will have various aspects. They (the delegation) come here as a result of area issues that we have agreed on such as veterinary services, livestock and research.” The delegation was given a brief presentation on the overview of the laboratory by the head of CVL Dr. Siegfried Khaiseb.
Khaiseb presented to the delegates on the mandate of the CVL which provides analytical and diagnostic services to the agricultural industry, ensuring the production or import quality and safe food products through adherence to ISO 17025 and Good Laboratory Practice.
CVL is made up of 60 staff members and receives 9 000 research submissions every year. The delegation was further updated on the CVL planned activities for 02/2016 to 05/2017 which are; completion of a BSL 3 laboratory, maintaining accreditation status, and extension of scopes for accreditation and introduction of new test methods for food safety and residue analysis.
The laboratory testing samples are that of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) that entails two samples which are; Serum samples: CVL NSP ELISA conducted Positive NSP ELISA serum samples sent either to Botswana Vaccine Institute (BVI) or Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (OVI) for LPBE and VNT.
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