After several meetings of the ANAFRIC / OVICEBO sheep-goat working group, within INTEROVIC, it has been promoted and is working on the Agreement and the Specific Plan for the domestic sheep and goat sector of meat for the reduction in the use of antibiotics and that is included in the National Plan Against Resistance to Antibiotics of the Ministry of Health.
This National Plan aims to reduce the risk of selection and dissemination of resistance to antibiotics to reduce their impact on the health of people and animals, as well as to preserve the efficacy of existing antibiotics.
The Agreement will facilitate the inclusion of the sheepmeat and goatmeat sector in the “Programa Reduce” that has already been applied in other livestock sectors and that promotes the prudent use of antibiotics.
Once the specific Plan is approved, our commitment is to promote among our partners the adhesion to the National Plan for Resistance to Antibiotics, commented the president of ANAFRIC, Josep Friguls, as well as providing information and training about the importance of antimicrobial resistance and what measures can be put in to farms to reduce the use of antibiotics, adds the president of ANAFRIC.
We are aware of ANAFRIC / OVICEBO’s particular nature of the sheep and goat sector due to its atomization and heterogeneity, so a strategy has been proposed with realistic and applicable objectives throughout the chain, the president adds.
In addition to the prudent use of antibiotics, the program aims to help define and implement scientific-based management and treatment guidelines to make a more rational use of antibiotics, as well as improve therapeutic tools for sheep production and goat
Currently, all autonomous communities, six ministries (Health, Agriculture, Economics, Education, Home Affairs and Defense) participate in the development of the plan, more than 70 scientific societies, as well as collegial organizations, professional associations and universities, and more than 230 expert collaborators.
Link to the National Resistance Plan for antibiotics (click here)