West Lombok: Amin listens to farmers’ stories of foot and mouth disease outbreak
West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggar (ANTARA) – Vice President Ma’ruf Amin listened to farmers’ story of the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) outbreak during a visit to Reyan Baru Beef Farm in West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, Thursday.
“We immediately got help from the relevant agencies, and thank goodness our vet is responsive (because when) we call them late at night to inject (the animals), they say they can. Thank goodness, after the injection (the animals) have now recovered. Some 327 (cattle) have fully recovered,” said a farmer from the Reyan Baru agricultural group.
He told the Vice President that they were unable to rest or eat out of anxiety for 14 days when their cattle lost their appetites after contracting foot-and-mouth disease.
“If the cattle don’t eat well, we feel the same way,” he remarked.
The farmer said that with proper treatment by the veterinarian, all cattle infected with foot-and-mouth disease have since recovered.
“Our vet, Dr Saiful Bahri, is our mascot to watch over us,” he added.
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At the same location, the Director General of Livestock and Animal Health of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nasrullah, said authorities will only vaccinate healthy cattle, as cattle that have been infected and cured of the infection acquired immunity against the disease on its own.
Meanwhile, West Nusa Tenggara Governor Zulkieflimansyah said the province had been allocated 20,000 foot and mouth disease vaccines by the central authority.
Of the total allocation to the province, at least 2,400 doses have been received and are ready for distribution in areas affected by the foot and mouth disease outbreak, he added.
West Nusa Tenggara is the province with the second highest number of foot-and-mouth disease cases after East Java. The province has so far recorded 45,738 infections and 24,288 recoveries, accounting for 53% of the total number of cases.
As of June 28, 2022, at least 12,593 head of cattle in West Lombok had contracted foot-and-mouth disease, while around 6,441 head of cattle have since recovered.
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