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The establishment of the Aquatic Animal Health Facility

An Aquatic Animal Health Facility has been established on the 28th of November 2019 by the joint collaborative project “Mariculture Enterprise Development Project” of the International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) and the Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture. The facility was opened by the Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture, Honorable Zaha Waheed. The main purpose of the Aquatic Animal Health Facility will be to screen the species that will be used for the development of the mariculture sector of the Maldives, and to provide biosecurity control services for those in the Mariculture sector. This facility aims to provide services such as molecular diagnostics, bacteriology, and basic parasitology in the near future. The Government of the Maldives has placed high priority on capacity building in the field of aquatic animal health, in order to curb the economic losses of the Mariculture sector. The Mariculture Enterprise Development Project will be focusing on developing an Aquatic Animal Health Strategy to further promote the Mariculture sector. The equipment required for the laboratory of the facility, as well as the training of the staff was funded by Mariculture Enterprise Development Project, and the construction of the facility was funded by the Government of Maldives.