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Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has approved a national programme to prevent foot-and-mouth disease outbreaks among animals between 2016 and 2020.

The ministry plans to zone off areas to contain the disease, particularly at border and Central Highlands provinces, by providing vaccination to 80 percent of cattle, and expanding disease-free regions such as districts and cities in Nam Dinh and Thai Binh provinces.

Annually, it will review and propose appropriate vaccines based on the situation in separate areas. For regions prone to the disease, the ministry will ensure cattle are vaccinated twice per year.

A database system will be set up to trace the origins of the cattle and examine the transport of animals and animal products at localities in accordance with the Veterinary Law.

It is also essential to raise public awareness about the disease.

The central budget will assist border and Central Highland districts in buying vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease.

Domestic businesses and foreign-invested firms must ensure they have funds for the vaccines.-VNA