The Civil Administration coordinated the transfer of 225,000 vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in Judea and Samaria last Wednesday (July 25).
The transfer came as a result of a meeting held three weeks ago between the veterinary services of Israel and of the PA, following the discovery of foot-and-mouth disease in Judea and Samaria. At that meeting, the Palestinian representatives requested the vaccine in order to eradicate foot-and-mouth disease in Judea and Samaria, stressing that the issue was of the utmost importance.
The Civil Administration agreed to the transfer of enough doses of the vaccine to inoculate the region's entire cattle and sheep population. Future shipments will be transferred as the need arises.
"The issue of disease eradication is a common interest that both sides share," said the Officer of Agriculture in the Civil Administration, Samir Moadi. "Therefore, it is important to maintain the health of livestock on both sides of the border."
COGAT and the Civil Administration will continue holding annual meetings and workshops on various topics in agriculture. In addition, they will continue their full cooperation with Palestinian veterinary services in addressing such issues in Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.