Therefore, within the framework of the project “Strengthening national capacities to address Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) risks” The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders will work together to improve the system of control over the use of antimicrobials in animal husbandry.
The project is designed to:
- assess the real situation regarding the use of antimicrobials in animal husbandry;
- study the level of awareness among producers on the risks of antibiotic resistance;
- improve the legal framework and policy on the use of antimicrobials in animal husbandry;
- improve the capacity of national laboratories and monitoring capabilities;
- explore best practices and patterns of antibiotic usage, prospects for reducing their use in the future.
The Project objectives, in particular, will be implemented by conducting a survey with more than 600 respondents — business entities from different areas of animal husbandry (pig production, poultry — broiler and layer farms, beekeeping, livestock) and representatives of backyard farms. It is also planned to collect 350 samples of food products of animal origin and examine them for antimicrobial agents’ residues.
«The Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders is very proud that the first steps in improving the use of antibiotics in Ukraine will be made, among other things, with its assistance. After all, we care about the health of every consumer, which is a priority for manufacturers.
It is, of course, only the first stage, which will help to prepare some analytics, understand whether the issue of antimicrobial residues is relevant; to what extent the animal products contain antibiotic residues. It will make it possible to develop an effective strategy to improve control over the use of antimicrobials and improve the safety and quality of animal products in general», was pointed out by the Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders.
In addition to FAO and AUPB, the Project involves representatives of the State Food and Consumer Service, the scientific community, farmers, veterinarians and feed production specialists.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) aims to reduce world poverty and hunger by developing agriculture, improving nutrition and addressing food security (food availability to all and always). Founded in Quebec on October 16, 1945. The motto is "Helping to build a world without hunger".
Association of Ukrainian Pig Breeders — is a non-profit voluntary organization. Established in July 14-th, 2011. At present, AUPB unites 38 farms, supplying over 50% of commercial pork in Ukraine. The main objective of the Association is to protect the rights and interests of pig producers, achieve international standards of production due to the implementation of modern technologies.