The Costs, Benefits and Human Behaviours for Antimicrobial Use in Small Commercial Broiler Chicken Systems in Indonesia

Coyne, Lucy ORCID: 0000-0001-7945-6729, Patrick, Ian, Arief, Riana, Benigno, Carolyn, Kalpravidh, Wantanee, McGrane, James, Schoonman, Luuk, Sukarno, Ady Harja and Rushton, Jonathan ORCID: 0000-0001-5450-4202
(2020) The Costs, Benefits and Human Behaviours for Antimicrobial Use in Small Commercial Broiler Chicken Systems in Indonesia. Antibiotics, 9 (4). p. 154.

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<jats:p>There are growing concerns over the threat to human health from the unregulated use of antimicrobials in livestock. Broiler production is of great economic and social importance in Indonesia. This study used a structured questionnaire approach to explore the human behaviours and economic drivers associated with antimicrobial use in small commercial broiler systems in Indonesia (n = 509). The study showed that antimicrobial use was high with farmers easily able to access antimicrobials through local animal medicine, however, it was difficult for farmers to access veterinary advice on responsible antimicrobial use. The most significant finding was that the relative cost of antimicrobials was low, and farmers observed improvements in productivity rates from routine antimicrobial administration. However, farmers seldom kept detailed records on farm productivity or economic costs; this is a hurdle to undertaking a more detailed economic analysis of antimicrobial use. There is a need for further research on the cost-effectiveness of alternative methods of preventing disease and ensuring that feasible alternatives are easily available. Farm-level economics and securing the food supply chain need to be central to any future policy interventions to reduce antimicrobial use in broiler systems in Indonesia and this observation is relevant at a regional and global level.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chicken production, antimicrobial use, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), Indonesia, antibiotic, economics, behaviours
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2020 07:31
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:47
DOI: 10.3390/antibiotics9040154
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