Colombia Closer to Bovine Brucellosis Eradication

COLOMBIA - The Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) delivered a total of 900 certificates to farms that met the requirements to be recognised as free of bovine brucellosis.
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The farms are located in eight municipalities in the area of Cundinamarca, where more than 800,000 litres of milk per day are produced from mostly small and medium livestock farms, many of which provide important work for women.

Juan Andrés Angulo, Deputy Manager of Animal Protection at ICA, said: "This magnificent achievement is the result of a strategic alliance with organisations like ICA Cundinamarca, the Livestock Committee Valley Ubaté, ASOGAM, and the commitment of producers to work daily with the clear objective of strengthening animal and human health course, both workers and consumers.

"This creates a direct impact on the economy of farmers, who receive ten pesos per litre of milk produced, and the presence of the disease in the country is reduced, generating consumer confidence."

The certification process for brucellosis-free farms aims to eliminate this zoonotic disease in cattle herds in the country, as it negatively impacts the agricultural economy and constitutes a risk to human health as it is transmitted from animals to man.

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