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Alternative feed practices to promote responsible use of antimicrobials

Committee on Agriculture Sub-Committee on Livestock















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    Item 3.3. Alternative feed practices to promote responsible use of antimicrobials
    First session of the Committee on Agriculture Sub-Committee on Livestock (16-18 March 2022)
    2022
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    Promote responsible production and use of feed and feed ingredients for sustainable growth of aquaculture in Asia-Pacific. Asia-Pacific Fishery Commission Thirty-fifth session (APFIC)
    Cebu, the Philippines, 11-13 May 2018
    2018
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    Aquaculture has been one of the fastest growing food production sectors in the past three decades globally. The annual growth rate was at an average of 8 percent from 1984 to 2014. As the major contributor to the world aquaculture production, Asia achieved an average annual growth of 8.4 percent in the same period, and the production reached 92.8 tonnes in 2014, accounting for 91.7 percent. Currently, Asian aquaculture supplies some 60 percent of food fish for consumption while contributing significantly to rural livelihood. The rapid production growth has been largely attributed to intensification of production with increasing dependence on artificial feeding. Finfish and crustacean are two major groups of cultured aquatic animals that require artificial feeding, in the forms of commercial feeds, farm-made feeds, and fresh feeds. Their global production reached 56.8 million tonnes in 2014, including some 6.92 million tonnes of crustacean and 49.9 million tonnes of finfish. With silver carp, catla and bighead (filter feeder on plankton) excluded, it was estimated that 38.8 million tonnes of finfish out of the total 49.9 million tonnes were produced through entire or partial feeding based on the feeding habit and common culture practices. Therefore, aquaculture commodities produced through partial or complete feeding accounted for 45.2 percent globally in 2014, while it was only 42.5 percent 10 years ago. The total production of aquaculture species depending on artificial feeding has increased by 97.9 percent in the past 10 years.

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