Jakarta (ANTARA) - Director general of animal husbandry and animal health at the Agriculture Ministry Nasrullah on Tuesday highlighted the importance of preventing and controlling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) for ensuring food safety and food security.

During a discussion on AMR control here on Tuesday, he said that antimicrobials are essential for the livestock sub-sector and are widely used in the poultry industry.

Therefore, good practices are needed at the levels of cultivation and supply of foods of animal origin to prevent AMR.

The Ministry of Agriculture, together with the World Organization of Animal Health (WOAH), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the poultry and pharmaceutical industries of Indonesia, has announced five concrete steps that the poultry and pharmaceutical industries and academics can take to prevent and control AMR.

"As a follow-up to this declaration, we hope the industry sector can be directly involved in the preparation and implementation of AMR policies," he said.

He expressed appreciation for the support received from private parties and said that the declaration of the five steps has served as an initial step for continuous cooperation on curbing AMR.

At Tuesday's event, deputy for coordination of health quality improvement and population development at the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture, Agus Suprapto, said that the private sector's commitment is important for achieving a reduction in the use of antimicrobials at broiler farms during prophylaxis.

He expressed the hope that the livestock industry would also implement compartmentalization at farms, meet the veterinary control number (NKV) requirements for laying hen farms, and contribute to AMR/antimicrobial use (AMU) surveillance.

"These are to ensure the animal protein products are safe from antimicrobial resistance so that children can grow healthy and smart and avoid stunting," he explained.

Meanwhile, WOAH’s sub-regional representative for Southeast Asia, Ronello C. Abila, said that promoting responsible and judicious antimicrobial use practices as well as monitoring the number of antimicrobials used in animals and good awareness would play an important role in fighting AMR.

FAO representative for Indonesia and Timor Leste, Rajendra Aryal, expressed support for the Indonesian government's efforts for controlling AMR using the One Health approach with the help of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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