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Conversation held on foot-and-mouth disease in Apure

The Vaccination Plan for the Eradication of Foot-and-Mouth Disease was carried out in order to immunize 100% of the animals

Within the framework of the program for the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in Venezuela, a discussion was held with the Pan-American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center (Panaftosa), the National Institute of Comprehensive Agricultural Health (Insai), the Venezuelan Foundation for Animal Health Services (Funvessa) and the National Federation of Ranchers of Venezuela with the assistance of Apureño producers.

"The main objective of this day is to comply with the vaccination plan throughout the country, in this case in the state of Apure, by complying with this Venezuela will be accredited free of foot-and-mouth disease, since it is the only country in America that is not free of this disease and being free opens the doors of international trade for us”, explained Nelgar Aguilar, president of Funvessa.

Aguilera added in the same way that "according to our statistics, Apure as the second livestock state, has approximately 2 million heads of cattle, we estimate with this first day of vaccination to cover 20 percent of this number of animals."

He stressed that "there are international organizations that are guiding and supporting us, since they are the ones that guarantee whether our country is free of foot-and-mouth disease, it is in this way that we are active in the vaccination plan for the eradication of this disease, starting the last April 25 to culminate on June 25 ».

For his part, Rodrigo García, comes from Brazil representing the Pan American Foot-and-Mouth Disease Center as a consultant and notes that this institution belongs to the Pan American Health Organization and the World Organization to comply with technical cooperation to the countries of the region, « We comply with these days to delve into the theme of the campaign based on the new figure that is the Venezuelan Foundation for Animal Health Services, which becomes an executing arm of the Insai policies, delegating the operational part of vaccination ».

García, a specialist in vesicular diseases in animals, stressed that "in order for Venezuela to be certified free of foot-and-mouth disease, will is needed, there has been a great communion of the private sector that is ready to collaborate and I am sure that with this initiative and the will of many things will be achieved."

In this way, the international representative recommended to those present on the subject of achieving totalization of the vaccine that "the private sector focus on the future, which will be a benefit for them, because thanks to this certification, several scenarios will be opened in which will be favored as farmers, veterinarians and the general public since as certifications are obtained they will have the ability to market meat at other levels and that is positive throughout the production chain.

Héctor Medina, vice president of Confagan reported that "we have met to coordinate all the health programs, particularly with regard to the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease in Venezuela. We are here for a unitary concentration process with the different livestock fronts, to articulate our great primary sector of the economy and thus advance in the eradication of foot-and-mouth disease, what we lacked was organization and we already have it, now we must continue advancing».

To conclude, Medina asserted that "the foot-and-mouth disease eradication program establishes a period from 2021 to 2025, we are sure that we can manage to enter this period, and that is why Apure is currently working with Panaftosa, since this region It is the second in livestock production and that livestock in this state constitutes the backbone economy of the region.

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