The board of the Federation of Livestock of Ecuador said there is “concern about the delay of more than two weeksof the implementation of the second phase of vaccination against FMD.” In a statement, the union said that this campaign should have been performed during the first weeks of November 2015, considering that the immunity conferred by the vaccine that was applied in May 2015 only has immune power for 180 days.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) gave to the country a certificate of country free of FMD, with vaccination date May 28 this year in Paris, France. This allows the country to provide beef to the world without restrictions.
However, according to Teofilo Carvajal, president of the Federation, this alleged delay in the vaccination campaign could trigger outbreaks of this viral disease and affect herds. This “concern is heightened,” as expressed by the leadership of this Federation, because there are no vaccines in the country.
According to Carvajal, the Ministry of Finance has not provided the appropriate resources to the Magap (Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock) for acquisition. The farmers ask President Rafael Correa to intervene.
Translated into English by Pierina Abad