Further help for Welsh red meat sectors to fight anti-microbial resistance
Rural Affairs Minister, Lesley Griffiths has announced an extra £2.5 million is being provided to continue the work of controlling antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in animals in Wales. It will be led by Arwain DGC.
Arwain DGC’s work captures antibiotic usage data for the beef, sheep and dairy sectors, across Wales. The Minister said this is an important step needed to understand patterns of antibiotic use to establish a baseline and to target reduction of the most high-risk uses.
She said: “Anti-microbial Resistance is estimated to cause 700,000 deaths each year globally. This figure is estimated to rise to 10 million by 2050 if no action is taken. People and animals will suffer longer illnesses, more deaths and, it will increase pressure on health services for humans and animals.
“It is clear, however, the control of AMR cannot be done solely by Government. The control of infectious diseases and of the antibiotics used to treat them are in the hands of animal keepers and their veterinarians. It is therefore vital everyone continues to work together towards the same goal.”
The funding announced will support further delivery efforts for the next two years.