By Amazon Agency
Autazes, Itacoatiara, Careiro da Várzea, Parintins and Barreirinha have a herd of 291,600 cattle in this 1st stage
Initiated by the Agricultural and Forestry Defense Agency of the State of Amazonas (Adaf), this Tuesday (03/15), in 41 municipalities of Amazonas, the first stage of the Amazonas campaign without foot-and-mouth disease should vaccinate, until ‘As of April 30 this year, 532,680 cattle and buffaloes of all ages. Of this total, 54.7% of applications belong to only five municipalities.
Together, the towns of Autazes (82.6 thousand), Itacoatiara (64.4 thousand), Careiro da Várzea (56.9 thousand), Parintins (49 thousand) and Barreirinha (38.5 thousand) accumulate a herd of more of 291.6 thousand animals.
Considered one of the strategies of the National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Surveillance Program (Pnefa), the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply (MAPA), the campaign is launched simultaneously in Alvarães, Amaturá, Anamã, Anori, Atalaia do Norte, Autazes, Barreirinha, Benjamin Constant, Beruri, Boa Vista do Ramos, Borba, Caapiranga, Careiro, Careiro da Várzea, Coari, Codajás, Fonte Boa, Iranduba, Itacoatiara, Itapiranga, Japurá, Jutaí, Manacapuru , Manaquiri, Manaus, Maraã , Maués, Nhamundá, Nova Olinda do Norte, Parintins, Rio Preto da Eva, Santo Antônio do Içá, São Paulo de Olivença, São Sebastião do Uatumã, Silves, Tabatinga, Tefé, Tonantins, Uarini, Urucará and Urucurituba.
According to the Director-President of Adaf, Alexandre Araújo, the initiative coordinated by the Government of Amazonas, through the system of the State Secretariat for Rural Production (Sepror) – integrated by Adaf, Institute for the Sustainable Agricultural and Forestry Development of the State of Amazonas (Idam) and the Amazonas Sustainable Development Agency (ADS) –, has a partnership with cattle ranchers, rural unions, rural workers unions and associations of producers.
“The Adaf and Idam teams will work in partnership so that the actions of the Amazonas campaign without foot-and-mouth disease reach animals of all ages, that is to say from suckling to expiration, in the 41 municipalities that adopt the plain and the mainland,” explained the manager.
To facilitate breeders’ access to the vaccinating agent, Alexandre also points out that “in accordance with the orientations and the will of Governor Wilson Lima, the State has acquired vaccines, transmitted them to the municipalities and will provide the structures and the technical guidance from Idam and supervision from Adaf for carrying out vaccination of the herd, aimed at vaccinating all the animals, so that soon we will suspend vaccination and replace it with effective monitoring actions”.
The Adaf recalls the importance for breeders to have their animals vaccinated to ensure the health of the herd and avoid fines. Those who fail to vaccinate their livestock will be subject to a fine of R$40 per animal, plus R$300 per property.
This year, for the first time, the notification of vaccination, a procedure as important as the vaccination of the herd, will also be available to breeders via the remote service of Adaf, on the phone (92) 99238-5568 (WhatsApp ).
To communicate without leaving home, the breeder must send the vaccinator’s invoice and the list of vaccinated animals. The objective of the tool is to shorten distances and facilitate producers’ access to the service.
The proof can also be done in person, at one of the offices of the municipality.
Vials containing the immunizing agent can be purchased from one of the farms authorized by Adaf and/or from Idam. The recommendation is that vaccines be stored at temperatures between 2°C and 8°C (degrees Celsius), from acquisition to the time of use, including transport and application, directly on the farm. New needles should be used during the process, and it is best to perform the procedure during the cooler hours of the day.
Foot-and-mouth disease is caused by a highly contagious virus and is mainly transmitted by the respiratory route, by inhalation of the infectious agent and by direct or indirect contact with infected animals. Animals can also become infected by ingesting animal products contaminated with the virus.