The Community of Madrid increases its investment in aid to the livestock sector by 11% to reinforce its sanitary quality
The Community of Madrid increases its investment in aid aimed at guaranteeing the high sanitary level of regional livestock farms by 11% by 2023. The Governing Council has authorized this week this call endowed with one million euros, which may be attended by owners of cattle, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses, poultry and beekeeping.
The subsidies approved by the regional government will be dedicated to preventing and fighting common diseases, creating defensive structures against the appearance of other emerging ones and improving the hygienic conditions of the farms. For this, it is necessary to have the collaboration of this sector, organized in the Livestock Health Defense Groups (ADGS).
The ADGS are associative entities constituted on a voluntary basis by farmers who act within the regional scope. They have veterinarians to carry out vaccinations, deworming and other control actions in small and medium-sized farms, which is why they are an effective instrument in the prevention and fight against ailments in livestock herds and certain zoonoses. Twenty groups are currently recognized in the region, made up of 2.500 cattle, sheep, goat, pig, horse and poultry farms.
The increase in investment in 2023 will allow action against diseases such as contagious ovine and caprine agalactia, bovine viral diarrhoea, Q fever and infectious bovine rhinotracheitis.
For this, two lines of aid are established, the requirements of which will soon be available in the Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid -BOCM- and on the institutional web portal www.comunidad.madrid. The first of them, aimed at eradication, control and monitoring of animal health, with a loan of up to 500.000 euros. The second, for carrying out zootechnical programmes, has the same amount. Both have an application period of 30 calendar days from their official publication and are co-financed by the State and the EU.
The control of animal health and products of this origin is a key point in food safety that guarantees the placing on the market of healthy food in perfect condition.
Some of the diseases subject to official control are zoonoses, that is, capable of being transmitted to humans. The detection of sick specimens before they enter the food chain is vital for the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and the Interior, which guarantees proper health safety and a quality product for the consumer.