The importance of good agricultural practices has been stressed by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), reports NaijaAgroNet.

FAO, through its Deputy Director-General, Maria Helena Semedo, at a United Nations General Assembly side event on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR), Semedo said that good health, good productivity and good economies depend on safe and nutritious food, which underscored the importance of work done at field level to bring AMR under control.

“Progress in the fight against AMR depends on good agricultural practices. We need to promote sustainable agriculture and food systems,” she said.

In addition, she said, “The use of antimicrobials in agriculture is not a substitute for insufficient hygiene and bad management practices.”

She also said that “we need improved mechanisms for the quality assurance of pharmaceuticals because counterfeit, substandard medicines contribute to resistance. Although Codex Alimentarius develops impressive global surveillance guidance and codes of practice, there remains a staggering lack of capacity for adequate surveillance of AMR at national levels.”

Semedo, therefore, urged the international community to act now to invest in the future “we want to build together.”

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This post was originally published at Naija AgroNet and has been republished with permission.

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