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Levels of advancement

IV­2 Stakeholder

compliance legislation regulations6

with and

The authority and capability of the VS to

ensure stakeholders compliance

are

that in with

animal health and food safety regulations under the VS mandate.

1.

The VS have no programme to ensure stakeholder compliance

with relevant regulations.

2.

The VS implement a programme consisting of inspection and

verification of compliance with regulations relating to animals and animal products, report instances of noncompliance, but generally do

not take further action.

3.

If necessary, the VS impose appropriate penalties in instances of

noncompliance.

4.

The VS work with stakeholders to minimise instances of non

compliance.

5.

The VS carry out audits of their compliance programme.

Results Strengths : Active compliance with movement permits and questionnaire submission by farmers south of the VCF. Compliance with import/ export regulations and certificates is also enforced. Famers not complying are removed from the list of certified establishments, and can no longer trade or move animals in or out of their premises. Farmer registration system is well managed by State Veterinary Offices and database is accessible at all points with a terminal. Weaknesses : Not enough personnel to monitor and sanction violators Supporting documentation (documents or photos):

Detailed findings during visit: During our visit there was an instance where a police officer abused his authority to traffic with game meat across a border post at the VCF, however, he was later apprehended and penalized. The event also appeared in the local newspaper.

Priorities/Recommendations Short Term :

Medium / Long Term : Increase the number of field personnel in order to better monitor compliance with regulations.

6 Legislation is the basis for sanitary measures, and includes all relevant laws, regulations and decrees, and associated technical processes and procedures.

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