ViParc Publication on Drivers of Antimicrobial Usage in Poultry Farms in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam
A new study on antimicrobial usage in poultry farms in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam has recently been published. The research was led by Dr. Truong Dinh Bao from Nong Lam University who collaborated with ViParc project as veterinary economist. The main aim was to understand the drivers of antimicrobial use in poultry farms in the Mekong Delta using a novel research tool (Participatory Epidemiology) and Q-sorting, methods that enable interpretation of qualitative data (farmers’ opinions). A total of 26 group interviews focused on farmers and their advisors (198 participants), followed by 54 individual interviews in five districts of Dong Thap province. The study demonstrated a diversity of participants’ opinions about antimicrobials’ perceived reliability, costs, and impact on flock health. Farmers regarded the cost of AMU cheaper than other disease management practices implemented on their farms. A key recommendation from this finding would be for the veterinary authorities to implement long-term sustainable training programs aiming at reducing farmers’ reliance on antimicrobials.