Indonesian Government Partners with Global Organizations to Combat Foot-and-Mouth Disease in 22 Provinces

- 03 August 2022 14:23 WIB
Two cows in a palm tree field. (Photo courtesy of FAO/Sadewa & Billy Anderson)
Two cows in a palm tree field. (Photo courtesy of FAO/Sadewa & Billy Anderson)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Indonesia has been battling foot and mouth disease (FMD) which has affected cattle in 22 out of 34 provinces.

To date, the country has launched a vaccination campaign in those provinces, along with other national containment efforts such as animal quarantine and enhanced biosecurity protocols. 

To increase its efforts to control the disease, the Government of Indonesia has extended international collaboration by working closely with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and numerous international partners, such as the Government of Australia.

Also read: Australia Promises to Send 1 Million Vaccines to Help Indonesia Deal with FMD

The Indonesian Minister of Agriculture, Syahrul Yasin Limpo, said in a statement sent to JakartaDaily.id on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, that in addition to maximizing vaccination as a temporary and permanent agenda in controlling FMD; the government also continues medical treatment for sick cattle and farm disinfection as the efforts to suppress FMD transmission.

Regarding this matter, the Minister of Agriculture expressed his gratitude for the attention and great contribution of all parties in controlling FMD

Regarding the visit of the Australian Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry, Minister SYL said that many things were discussed related to cooperation between the two countries in the agricultural sector.

"We discussed many things, global issues, challenges of climate change, and the needs of two countries in agriculture security for both Indonesia and Australia," said Minister SYL.

One of the issues that were seriously discussed in this cooperation agreement was FMD. Australia as a country that is geographically close to Indonesia pays special attention to this issue.

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Editor: Suksmajati Kumara

Source: FAO

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