Indonesia works with international partners to control foot-and-mouth disease
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Indonesia is fighting foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) which has affected livestock in 22 out of 34 provinces. To date, the country has launched a vaccination campaign in these provinces, along with other national containment efforts such as animal quarantine and enhanced biosecurity protocols.
To increase its disease control efforts, the Indonesian government has expanded its international collaboration by working closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and many international partners, such as the Australia.
Indonesian Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo (SYL) said that in addition to maximizing vaccination as a temporary and permanent agenda in FMD control; the government is also continuing medical treatment of sick livestock and disinfection of farms as part of efforts to suppress transmission of foot-and-mouth disease. In this regard, the Minister of Agriculture expressed his gratitude for the attention and the great contribution of all parties in the control of foot-and-mouth disease.
The FAO expert team discussed with veterinary laboratory staff – (c) FAO/Melissa McLaws
Regarding the visit of the Australian Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Minister SYL indicated that many things were discussed related to cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural sector.
“We discussed a lot of things, global issues, climate change challenges and two countries needs for agricultural security for Indonesia and Australia,” Minister SYL said.
One of the issues that was seriously discussed in this cooperation agreement was foot and mouth disease. Australia, a country geographically close to Indonesia, pays particular attention to this issue.
“FAO has been working closely with the Indonesian government since the outbreak to control foot-and-mouth disease which threatens the food supply chain and farmers’ livelihoods,” said Rajendra Aryal, FAO Representative for Indonesia. and Timor Leste.
FAO has facilitated other international collaborative efforts, including delivering 10,000 doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine with the support of the Australian Government through the joint FAO-Australia-ASEAN project on Strengthening Animal Health Mechanism ( SMART ASEAN). These were among the first batches of doses that launched the national vaccination campaign in June this year.
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