Business plan for 2020 as a requirement of the Public Service Commission (PSC)

A workshop has been held recently to prepare livestock officers in Vanuatu for a mass awareness campaign on the new Livestock Management Act, ahead of its implementation.

The awareness campaign will commence in two months’ time, with the support of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) 5.

Director of the Department of Livestock, Lonny Bong, said the workshop aims to familiarize livestock officers with the new Act so they can inform the public accurately.

Developed by local legal consultants Hamlison Bulu, who is the current Ombudsman and former Director of the Livestock Department Thomas Banga, this new Act is a first for the department since it was passed last year.

Director Bong said it will not be business as usual with the new law.

“Current practices will see a huge shift to address competency and quality of production thus it is important that not only farmers, but everyone understands this Act, its purpose and goals.

“While it is a daunting task to develop standards and regulation under an Act, it is an exercise that must be done to ensure all practices that affects livestock management is regulated for the benefit of Vanuatu,” he added.

The Livestock officers also took part in the Livestock Planning Workshop in Port Vila.

This workshop targets the development of the department’s business plan for 2020 as a requirement of the Public Service Commission (PSC).

Director Bong said the planning workshop is an opportunity for him to hear and assess the performance of the field workers.

“The Department of Livestock has very limited resources,” he said. “Planning is a key component for success.

“The business plan must align with the new Livestock Management Act, the overarching policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries and Biosecurity (MALFFB) as well as the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP).

“The business plan will be submitted to the Executive Committee for consideration before the final submission to PSC.”

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