Last stage of vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease in MA begins this Monday (1st)

Last stage of vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease in MA begins this Monday (1st)
Last stage of vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease in MA begins this Monday (1st)
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According to the Maranhão State Agricultural Defense Agency (Aged-MA), unlike previous campaigns, this stage of the campaign will not have the possibility of extending the deadline.

Aged-MA highlights that, after vaccinating their animals, the producer must provide proof of the vaccine by May 17th in person at the Aged office where their property is registered, or electronically, accessing the Agricultural Management System of the Maranhão (SIGAMA), whose link is available on the State Agency’s website: https://aged.ma.gov.br/.

Maranhão currently has 10,788,198 cattle (cattle and buffaloes) spread across 113,161 rural properties. Animals of all ages must be immunized during the campaign and Aged-MA is already working to ensure that Maranhão reaches 100% of the herd vaccinated.

“We are preparing for this stage of the campaign and we once again count on the full support of our producers, as all institutions linked to agriculture are joining forces with Aged to ensure we are successful. Our objective is for Maranhão to achieve the health status of a foot-and-mouth disease-free zone with international recognition granted by the World Organization for Animal Health”, said the president of Aged-MA, Cauê Aragão.

The Federal Government published in the Official Gazette of the Union on March 25th, that Maranhão will be recognized as a foot-and-mouth disease-free zone without vaccination, from May 2nd of this year, when the application of the vaccine against the disease will be terminated. in the state.

In addition to Maranhão, the Federal District and 15 other states will receive recognition, they are: Amapá, Amazonas, Bahia, Espírito Santo, Goiás, Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Minas Gerais, Pará, Piauí, Rio de Janeiro, Roraima, São Paulo, Sergipe and Tocantins. The decision is a decree from the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (Mapa).

In November 2023, the Maranhão State Agricultural Defense Agency (Aged-MA) had already informed that Maranhão had been authorized to suspend vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease throughout the state from 2024 and that, with this change, the The state would move from the status of a foot-and-mouth-free zone to a free zone without vaccination.

The decision was made by the management team of the strategic plan of the National Foot-and-Mouth Disease Surveillance Program (PNEFA), during a national meeting on November 23rd.

According to Aged-MA, achieving the status of a disease-free zone without vaccination will enable the opening of the market for the livestock production chain and its products and by-products.

According to Aged, the producer from Maranhão plays an important role in achieving this new health status, by immunizing animals during vaccination campaigns, with rates above 90%, as recommended by the Ministry of Agriculture.

After recognition by the Map, the next step will be international recognition by the World Organization for Animal Health (WHO).

According to the ordinance published this Monday, from May 2nd it will be prohibited to store, sell and use vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease in Maranhão and other states disclosed in the document. The entry of animals vaccinated against foot-and-mouth disease into these states will also be prohibited, unless they follow specific guidelines from Mapa.

Aged-MA points out that, when Maranhão received the classification of a vaccination-free zone, livestock production grew and, therefore, boosted the meat agroindustry sector.

In the period from 2012 to 2023 and considering that the status of a foot-and-mouth-free zone with vaccination came in 2014, there was growth in the Maranhão livestock sector with the expansion of slaughterhouses, going from 0 establishments in 2012 to 12 enterprises in 2023. In the same period, There was an increase in the cattle herd in Maranhão, jumping from 7.4 million in 2012 to 10.4 million in 2023.

“The achievement and international recognition will allow Maranhão to advance even further in the livestock sector. We have favorable port logistics and we intend to elevate Maranhão to the level of reference states in livestock farming”, stated the president.

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The state needs to vaccinate 100% of its herd during the campaign to become recognized as a foot-and-mouth disease-free zone without vaccination, starting on May 2nd of this year. OMaranhaoSeInformaAqui

Source: G1/MA

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