National workshop on responsible use of antimicrobials in Indian aquaculture

On the occasion of “Antibiotic Awareness Week” during 14-18th Nov 2016 called WHO, OIE and FAO, ICAR-Central Institute of Brackishwater Aquaculture (CIBA), Chennai conducted a brainstorming workshop “Responsible use of antimicrobials in Indian aquaculture: opportunities and challenges” on 7th December 2016. This unique workshop brought the expertise from various other allied sectors such as Medical, Agriculture, Veterinary, Sericulture and Aquaculture to share their experience to develop effective strategies to manage the issues in antimicrobial residues in food animal.

During the technical presentations, Dr. Padma Krishnan from University of Madras stressed the antibiotic resistance in pathogens of public health importance and role of integrons in emergence and dissemination. Dr. S. Ramesh, TANUVAS, focused the antibiotic usage pattern in livestock and poultry worldwide and India. He stressed the emerging threat of ESBL and MRSA from livestock sector to medical practice. Similarly responsible antibiotic usage for pest control in field crops and sericulture was discussed by Dr. V. Pranidharan from Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU), Coimbatore and Dr. R.N. Bhaskar, Professor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru. Dr. P.K.Patil, Senior Scientist, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai expressed his concern over the myths and realities in reported antibiotic usage in Indian aquaculture.

Earlier in the day Dr. S.V. Alavandi, Principal Scientist and Head, Aquatic Animal Health and Environment Division welcome the guest and background of the workshop was presented by Dr. P. K. Patil, Senior Scientist. In the presidential address Dr. K.K.Vijayan, Director, ICAR-CIBA and National coordinator of AINP-FH invited all the stakeholders to join CIBA in developing the strategies to manage the issue of antimicrobial residues and for safer food production in the interest of the country. During the occasion proceedings on “Responsible use of antimicrobials in Indian Aquaculture: Opportunities and Challenges" was released which can be accessed here (Click)

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