Livestock diseases: Preparedness and Planning in PNG
Lumpy skin disease (LSD) and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) have spread throughout Southeast Asia in recent years, and now threaten Papua New Guinea (PNG) where livestock—especially pigs—are critically important to livelihoods and food security. With support from the Australian Government, PNG continues to strengthen disease preparedness for these major livestock diseases.
Supporting PNG to strengthen animal disease surveillance and preparedness to deal with a potential disease incursion improves food security, economic productivity and market opportunities for PNG, Australia and the entire Asia-Pacific region.
This project develops a rapid risk assessment for FMD and LSD for PNG. The risk assessments will identify pathways for introduction and spread of FMD and LSD in PNG to inform disease surveillance and response planning.
Strengthened biosecurity in this way in PNG will support Australia’s disease preparedness, and reduce the risk of the disease through improved animal disease control in our near neighbour.
Our findings will be delivered in late 2022.
PNG National Agriculture and Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA).
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment