Livestock Identification and Traceability System (LITS) Training
As part of the ADB sponsored pilot GMS cross-border LITS project, training and capacity building activities for both farmers and government staff were carried out in each project country. The objective of the trainings were to provide instruction and practice for participants in LITS technology and implementation, and to enhance knowledge in livestock traceability as a tool for managing transboundary animal disease (TAD), improving food safety, and enhancing opportunities for smallholder farmers to access higher value markets.
LITS Training for Cambodia ran from 9 December to 10 December 2015. Training was held in Kampong Cham Province at Phnom Pros Hotel and included field instruction, which took place at a nearby abattoir. A total of 33 officers and technical staff participated in LITS training. Participants included 13 DAHP Officials from Phnom Penh as well as Provincial Officers from ten additional provinces including Tbon Khmum, Battambang, Bantheay Mean Chey, Takeo, Kampong Cham, Kampot, Svay Rieng, Prey Veng, Preah Seihanuk, and Kampong Chnang. The first day (9 Dec 2015) included morning and afternoon sessions designed to equip participants with a firm grasp on LITS technology and its application in Cambodia. The second day (10 Dec 2015) was devoted to continued practice in LITS technology and working with participants to discuss current livestock movement conditions in order to plan logistics and prepare for upcoming pilot implementation.
LITS Training for Lao PDR took place on 12 November 2015 and was held in Vientiane at the Vasana Hotel. The training provided LITS instruction, demonstrations, and opened up space for valuable discussion and feedback from Lao National counterparts and executing agents. In addition to both Technical Focal Points, there were 23 Lao participants with representation from Xieng Khouang Province, Vientiane Province, and Vientiane Capital.
LITS training for Myanmar took place on 23 November 2015, and was held in Yangon at the Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Department (LBVD) training facility. Participants included LBVD officers and epidemiologists, from both Yangon and Mandalay regions, as well as traders and farmers.