A refresher course on the production of food from animal products for the Veterinary Services in the Palestinian Authority
A refresher course on the production of food from animal products for the Veterinary Services in the Palestinian Authority

In the framework of the upgrading of the array of veterinary services in the Palestinian Authority, a refresher course on regulations and laws in Israel and around the world related to food production from animal products was held.

Date: 09.03.12     Author: Menachem Adoni

On last Tuesday, a refresher course was held at the Agricultural Center in Beit Dagan, on the subject of food production from animal products. 14 veterinaries from Judea and Samaria, who arrived in order to improve their capabilities in this subject, participated in the refresher course which lasted for two days.

Throughout the day, lectures on the subject of food production from animal products took place there, and among the lecturers present there was Dr. Tzvi Benor, a veterinary in charge of the dairy products at the Department of Veterinary Services. “Our key interest is to cooperate with our neighbors, the Palestinian Authority, and our goal is to provide this body with instruments concerning how to build their regulations and rules, so as to enable them to erect an array of veterinary services,” says Dr. Benor.

The refresher course is one of 4 refresher courses spread over the whole year, comprising of 2 days of learning about basic concepts of laws and regulations in Israel and abroad, and it includes, among other things, accommodation at an hotel in Shfaim.

Apart from the Israeli interest in seeing the veterinaries in Judea and Samaria becoming capable of performing food production from animal products, there is an additional interest in opening another door leading to the betterment of the economic array of the Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. “As a result of this refresher course, those 14 veterinaries from Judea and Samaria will be able to market food products such as cheeses, meat and other animal products, thus actually enabling them to bring about an improvement in the regional economy,” said the Agriculture Staff Officer at the Civil Administration, Mr. Samir Muadi.

In the framework of the project, a joint committee of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Regional Cooperation and the Civil Administration. “The committee meets once a month and its members try to build and outline milestones concerning the array’s reconstruction in Judea and Samaria, and in the meantime we built a plan of refresher trainings”, added Mr. Muadi.

During the last 3 years, the office of the Agriculture Staff Officer has prioritized the upgrade project of the veterinary services of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Judea and Samaria, in order to examine the possibility to promote them so as to enable them to get the appropriate authorization for the exportation of animal products to Israel and to the world.

“We will do all we can in order to bring about the upgrading of the array of veterinary services in Judea and Samaria, and I welcome such a cooperation and we will continue in the future to tighten our relationship with the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture in Judea and Samaria”, concludes Mr. Muadi.