Date
11 December 2017
A new arrangement will eliminate the need for some quarantine procedures in moving horses between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Photo: Bloomberg
A new arrangement will eliminate the need for some quarantine procedures in moving horses between Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Photo: Bloomberg

Hong Kong-Guangzhou horse transfers to become easier

The Conghua Horse Training Centre in Guangzhou will soon serve as a horse training center for Hong Kong, paving the way for elimination of some existing rules related to transfer of animals between the two places, it was announced Wednesday.

“After it becomes a training center for Hong Kong horses, it will be the first-of-its-kind mechanism in the world that uses a closed-off management, so that isolation will not be needed for transfers between the two places,” Hong Kong’s Secretary of Food and Health Ko Wing-man told reporters in Beijing.

The Conghua Horse Training Centre was jointly established by the mainland’s Ministry of Agriculture, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and the Hong Kong Jockey Club to support the equestrian competitions of the 16th Asian Games held in 2010 in Guangzhou.

The center would ensure that international horses go through established health inspection and quarantine procedures after the competition, which made it the only venue that can hold international horse competitions in the mainland.

“World Organization for Animal Health also thinks that this model can be used as a reference for the other parts of the world,” Ko said in the press briefing in Beijing on veterinary services cooperation between Hong Kong and the mainland.

China’s agriculture ministry on Wednesday signed an agreement to strengthen cooperation on veterinary services between the mainland and Hong Kong. The two sides agreed to enhance communication on legislation, registered veterinary service management, animal disease and training.

“We can also start research and development work together on diseases like bird flu and rabies,” Ko said.

Yu Kangzhen, Chinese vice-minister for agriculture, said at the same briefing that the mainland will support the development of veterinary services in Hong Kong with the help of China’s huge market and resources.

– Contact HKEJ at [email protected]

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