Dr Mark Schipp, Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer, is travelling toIndonesia for animal health cooperation talks.

Dr Schipp will meet with senior government officials to discuss a range ofcooperation activities relating to animal health and biosecurity, includingthe current outbreak of lumpy skin disease on the island of Sumatra.

“Lumpy skin disease is not present in Australia but the disease is spreadingrapidly internationally. Protecting Australia from lumpy skin disease isvital, as an outbreak here would have serious trade impacts across the liveanimal trade, and for exporters of dairy products, genetic materials, hidesand some meat products in addition to animal welfare issues and significantproduction losses.

“Strengthening our relationship and sharing knowledge is a vital way that wecan better protect Australia from exotic pest and disease threats and help oneof our most valued neighbours to respond effectively.”

Dr Schipp said he will be meeting with officials to discuss Australia’scooperation with Indonesia on the current outbreak.

“The Indonesian government is working hard to address the disease outbreakthrough vaccination and other containment measures, with close support fromAustralia.”

Australia already works closely with Indonesia on a range of animal healthinitiatives to combat global animal disease across the region, said Dr Schipp.

“I’ll be meeting with officials from Indonesia’s Directorate General ofLivestock and Animal Health Services at the Ministry of Agriculture to discussanimal health and regional interests and building on our bilateral AgricultureCooperation Memorandum of Understanding recently agreed between Indonesian andAustralian governments.”

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