Daily Archives: July 7, 2018

Ministry, FAO warn farmers on threats to poultry, antimicrobial resistance

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and the FAO Emergency Centre for Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) Indonesia warned farmers on the threats to the national poultry sector from avian influenza and other viruses.

According to a statement received here, Saturday, in early 2017, Indonesia detected H9N2 Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) virus that causes a drop in egg production of up to 70% on affected farms.

The Ministry, along with FAO ECTAD promptly responded to control the virus, including training of district veterinary service officers, on-farm technical support and raising poultry farmers awareness of best farming practices.

On Thursday, the Ministry and FAO ECTAD conducted a national poultry farmers? seminar at the annual Indolivestock Exposition at the Jakarta Convention Center. The seminar aimed to raise awareness on poultry disease prevention through effective farm bio-security, appropriate flock vaccination and good on-farm management practices to reduce the risks from disease agents.

“We faced challenges in tackling the H9N2 virus, which causes egg drop syndrome. In the past, we were dealing only with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus (HPAI) H5N1, and we were able to produce good vaccines for that virus. However, for H9N2, we are still facing difficulties to produce a good vaccine. In reality, the virus is badly damaging farmers? incomes, because H9N2 decreases egg production,” said Animal Health Director of the Ministry of Agriculture Fadjar Sumping at the opening of the seminar.

He explained, that besides H9N2, MoA also recently received many reports of deaths on broiler chicken farms, “We are still investigating those cases, whether they were caused by a sole infection, or involve multiple infections, combined with other problems like bad poultry feed management, lack of vaccination, low biosecurity, etc,” he said. In facing those challenges, Sumping encouraged farmers to improve their farm biosecurity and management, as the best way to prevent viral and bacterial infections in poultry.

“We are now focusing our attention on the use of antibiotics as a growth promotor (AGP) in the poultry sector. This is forbidden in Indonesia, and we have tried to convince farmers that using AGP only provides temporary benefit, and can be very harmful in the long term, “he said.

Agreeing with Sumping, the FAO ECTAD Indonesia Team Leader James McGrane affirmed the misuse and over-use of antibiotics in humans and poultry that have placed humans at great risk due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that about 60,000 tons of antimicrobials are used globally in livestock each year. With the growing demand for animal products, global use is projected to rise by 67 percent by 2030 to 106,000 tons.

“If we don?t do anything, it is estimated that human deaths associated with infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics could reach 10 million by 2050, with half of those fatalities occurring in Asia,” he said in his opening remarks.

Through the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT-2) programme, funded by USAID, FAO ECTAD together with the MoA are focused on increasing the Government of Indonesia?s capacities to prevent and control global health threats, including AMR.

“I am very glad that today, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Indonesian poultry farmers, we can sit together to discuss these problems. Let us work together to find the best solutions,” McGrane added.

Source: ANTARA News

Ministry, FAO warn farmers on threats to poultry, antimicrobial resistance

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The Indonesian Ministry of Agriculture and the FAO Emergency Centre for Trans-boundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) Indonesia warned farmers on the threats to the national poultry sector from avian influenza and other viruses.

According to a statement received here, Saturday, in early 2017, Indonesia detected H9N2 Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) virus that causes a drop in egg production of up to 70% on affected farms.

The Ministry, along with FAO ECTAD promptly responded to control the virus, including training of district veterinary service officers, on-farm technical support and raising poultry farmers awareness of best farming practices.

On Thursday, the Ministry and FAO ECTAD conducted a national poultry farmers? seminar at the annual Indolivestock Exposition at the Jakarta Convention Center. The seminar aimed to raise awareness on poultry disease prevention through effective farm bio-security, appropriate flock vaccination and good on-farm management practices to reduce the risks from disease agents.

“We faced challenges in tackling the H9N2 virus, which causes egg drop syndrome. In the past, we were dealing only with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus (HPAI) H5N1, and we were able to produce good vaccines for that virus. However, for H9N2, we are still facing difficulties to produce a good vaccine. In reality, the virus is badly damaging farmers? incomes, because H9N2 decreases egg production,” said Animal Health Director of the Ministry of Agriculture Fadjar Sumping at the opening of the seminar.

He explained, that besides H9N2, MoA also recently received many reports of deaths on broiler chicken farms, “We are still investigating those cases, whether they were caused by a sole infection, or involve multiple infections, combined with other problems like bad poultry feed management, lack of vaccination, low biosecurity, etc,” he said. In facing those challenges, Sumping encouraged farmers to improve their farm biosecurity and management, as the best way to prevent viral and bacterial infections in poultry.

“We are now focusing our attention on the use of antibiotics as a growth promotor (AGP) in the poultry sector. This is forbidden in Indonesia, and we have tried to convince farmers that using AGP only provides temporary benefit, and can be very harmful in the long term, “he said.

Agreeing with Sumping, the FAO ECTAD Indonesia Team Leader James McGrane affirmed the misuse and over-use of antibiotics in humans and poultry that have placed humans at great risk due to antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations estimates that about 60,000 tons of antimicrobials are used globally in livestock each year. With the growing demand for animal products, global use is projected to rise by 67 percent by 2030 to 106,000 tons.

“If we don?t do anything, it is estimated that human deaths associated with infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics could reach 10 million by 2050, with half of those fatalities occurring in Asia,” he said in his opening remarks.

Through the Emerging Pandemic Threats (EPT-2) programme, funded by USAID, FAO ECTAD together with the MoA are focused on increasing the Government of Indonesia?s capacities to prevent and control global health threats, including AMR.

“I am very glad that today, together with the Ministry of Agriculture and Indonesian poultry farmers, we can sit together to discuss these problems. Let us work together to find the best solutions,” McGrane added.

Source: ANTARA News

Drug circulation detected at five entertainment venues in Jakarta

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The National Narcotics Agency (BNN) is targeting five entertainment venues in the areas of West and North Jakarta where the circulation of drugs has been detected.

“We are monitoring some five entertainment venues in West Jakarta and North Jakarta,” BNN Deputy for Drugs Eradication Inspector General Arman Depari remarked here on Saturday.

He noted that the types of drugs in circulation were not restricted to only crystal methamphetamine and ecstasy but also other forms, so the BNN has continued to keep track and conduct monitoring.

“Since this leads to a legal process, so in order to take action, we must find evidence in advance,” Arman stated.

According to Arman, coordination continues to be maintained with the provincial government of Jakarta through the provincial BNN or directly with the central BNN.

The BNN had earlier raided Sense Karaoke and seized evidence in the form of several narcotics provided by the karaoke employees.

Six people have been named as suspects, and the Jakarta provincial government has also officially revoked the karaoke permit.

In connection with the Sense Karaoke case, Arman has ordered his investigator to continue to pursue the case to gain greater clarity.

Source: ANTARA News

Tourist visits to Besakih unhindered by mount Agungs volcanic eruption

Karangasem, Bali (ANTARA News) – Domestic and foreign tourists continue to visit Besakih Temple, situated some seven kilometers from the erupting Mount Agung in Karangasem District, Bali.

Despite the condition of Mt Agung still being unstable and likely to erupt again anytime with low intensity, it poses no barrier for the local and foreign tourists to visit Besakih Temple, known as Balis “Mother Temple” for over a thousand years.

Situated at a height of one thousand meters on the southwestern slopes of Mount Agung, Besakih is an artistic and unique complex that comprises at least 86 temples that include the main Pura Penataran Agung, or the Great Temple.

“I certainly want to visit Besakih Temple. Although the temple is only seven kilometers away from the erupting volcano, it is not a problem for me,” Pablo, a tourist from Chile, remarked here on Saturday.

The Center for Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation has declared the alert status of Mount Agung at the third level, and people have been advised to desist from entering a four-kilometer radius from the mountains top.

The volcano spewed white cloud up to 200-300 meters into the air on Saturday morning, but Pablo said his plans to visit the Besakih Temple remain unchanged.

“There are also many active volcanoes in Chile, and earthquakes are frequent in our country. Thus, I feel that it is something normal, so I am not afraid, as I understand the steps to be taken in a dangerous situation,” he noted.

In the meantime, Ulfa Dwi, a domestic tourist from Probolinggo, East Java, admitted that her family and she visited Besakih Temple, as they were keen to get a closer look at the condition of Mount Agung.

“We usually see Mount Agung on television, but now we can see it directly from the temple,” she remarked.

Speaking in connection with the condition of Mount Agung that occasionally spews smoke that is visible from the area of the temple, Ulfa admitted to being concerned if Mount Agung erupted at any time.

Source: ANTARA News