COLOMBIA – After a sanitary emergency was declared in eight municipalities in Tolima since the epidemic of the Newcastle disease in September last year, Agriculture Development Secretary Edgar Bonilla said the department was free from the disease.
Newcastle is a viral bird disease with a wide range of clinical signs, highly contagious and can experience mortality of up to 100%. Its main symptoms are nasal and ocular secretions, respiratory sounds and swollen head, causing birds to be slaughtered.
According to the head of the Agricultural Development Portfolio, this significant progress was achieved thanks to joint efforts between the Ministry of Agriculture, the Colombian Agricultural Institute, the ICA, the Tolima Governor and the secretariats of various municipalities, Agribusiness.
In addition, he argues that the measures for this disease from Cundinamarca came into force after the establishment of his work plan, boundaries and areas with special care.
"It was a joint and inter-institutional work involving the Colombian Columbia Institute of Agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Tolima Government, the various agricultural secretariats of the municipalities and the decisive support through Umatas, and in about 3 to 4 months, control was achieved through various birds in the yard, through an educational process of implementation and vaccination, "said Bonilla.
In addition, their rapid preventive measures contribute to the economy of those farmers who are receiving birdhouse income in the yard, as well as the major producers of poultry farms.
"There is a very important connotation and village economy, people living on 5 or 6 chicks, from yards of animals, that if those people die from their birds, they will have a lack of food in the home, that job is so that the rural economy will not be affected and will not affect big producers, poultry farms and the formalized industry that is part of the agro-industrial development of the country, "the secretary added.
From the writing team of ElSitioAvícola