(Panama City-ANPanama) The first meeting of the Panama-US Committee for the Eradication of Screwworm (COPEG) led to the signing of business and budget resolutions, leading to the development of immediate projects for 2024, in which the Minister responsible for Agriculture Development, Alexis Pineda and Cheryl Blakely participated as the head of the US delegation.
The meeting also confirmed that all teams supporting this work are working in the right coordination and with the necessary resources to combat and prevent this pest, using appropriate technologies and sterilized flies that will enhance sanitation in the fight against the cattle boreworm.
The responsible minister highlighted the work COPEG has been developing to prevent screwworm from harming the livestock of Panama and the wealth of other countries in the region, which has been a barrier to this disease for about 25 years.
In the same way, Pineda described this meeting as positive and fruitful, and its aim was to inform the Panamanian and American commissioners of the operations carried out by COPEG during the year 2022.
Speaking on behalf of the US Commission, Blakely explained that the meeting was very productive, as for the United States it was one of the greatest achievements in controlling this disease. And he warned that we must be vigilant, but they feel very calm with this alliance, to face this danger, because they have a team that can achieve this.
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