1- Protect the health of food production animals by utilizing vaccination programs and good animal husbandry practices
2- Provide proper policies and legislation based on risk analysis i.e. scientific risk-assessments and other social, economic and ethical considerations.
3- Minimize the incidence of biological and chemical hazards to the environment and public health.
4- Reference the international code of practice for animal welfare
5- Support and reference both the national and emirate animal & plant health quarantine procedures.
The ADAFSA mandate covers the animal health & welfare, with the exception of wildlife. The merger with agriculture has increased the role of ADAFSA to include the supervision of veterinary and agri services .The entity is working to increase the health status of both livestock and plants. The level of protection required for animal and plant health will include measures to prevent the incursion from other countries of exotic diseases and pests. Of particular concern is the control of enzootic diseases because of the public health risk. ADAFSA plans to develop disease surveillance system, animal & fresh produce identification systems to enhance traceability capability. Animal and plant health disease prevention programs will reference international standards as relevant to quarantine and disease control procedures. There will be a requirement for an increase in the technical and professional capabilities by using vegetarians and agronomists.
This priority was derived from the government outcomes championed by ADAFSA: “Assuring food safety” in terms of ensuring safety of food for animals and safety of food processing before the distribution and “Ecologically sustainable development of the agricultural industry” by developing balanced level of crop and livestock.