Trouw talks about the Challenges of Tomorrow that need to be addressed Today: Review on Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR)and Gut Health Management

Trouw Nutrition India organized the second seasonof Trouw Talks in association with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), focusing on Anti-microbial Resistance, a fast-rising global reality and public health concern, and how right strategies for Gut Health Management today can support the efforts toward responsible usage of antibiotics tomorrow. This time Trouw Talks was completed in three chapters at three locations pan India – starting from Karnal followed by Coimbatore and Bengaluru.  All the events were highly successful and had an enthusiasticcollective gathering of 300+ including Integrators, Feed Millers, Farmers, Consultants and Academicians.

Karnal chapter on 2 September 2022, was paneled by Dr. R K Singh (Program Director, One Health Support Unit (OHSU), Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, GoI and Former Director, ICAR-IVRI)), Mr. Ricky Thaper (Treasurer, Poultry Federation of India and VP& Head – North Zone, IB Group), Dr. Peter Smid (Global Program Manager Feed Additives, Trouw Nutrition Global), Dr. Saurabh Shekhar (Managing Director, Nutreco South Asia), and Mr. Himanshu Saxena (ISM – Feed and Forage, Foss India). The session was moderated by Dr. Chandani Parihar, Marketing Head, Nutreco India and started with Mr. Ricky Thaper setting the context on why there is a need to discuss the topic today and how various strategies can be effectively implemented for reducing usage of antibiotics.  Dr. Saurabh Shekhar then went on to explain why Trouw Nutrition, a Nutreco company, decided to bring this initiative and how it is close to our purpose of Feeding the Future.  He said that “As global industry leaders, we believe in taking the lead on topics that are critical for sustainable development.  AMR is one such topic; we strongly believe, supported by proven results, that nutritional solutions are the first line of defense in keeping animals healthy and productive.  Eventually playing an important role in reducing the usage of antibiotics.” 

Keynote speaker, Dr. R K Singh while discussing about addressing the local impact of the global reality stated that AMR is a silent pandemic and with increasing multi-drug resistance, it impacts both animal and human health with economic implications.  One Health approach of WHO is about bringing multiple stakeholders together with a farm to fork approach.

The presentation of second Keynote speaker, Dr. Peter Smid, included discussion on Gut Health Management for effective strategy to combat AMR.  Key highlights from his presentation are:

  • By 2050, we can lose 10 million lives per year to AMR making AMR the no. 1 cause of death.
  • Over the past years, while consumer and food industry have this topic high on the agenda, there has also been dilemma about the transition.
  • Trouw Nutrition focuses on a step by step, integrated Feed-Farm-Health approach when supporting customers.
  • An important aspect to this approach is managing the pathogen load via various channels while improving the health of the animal.
  • Gut health is esp. critical as it is linked to the overall health of birds, performance improvement and antibiotic reduction.
  • Organic acids play an important role in managing the gut health and have been proven under local and global conditions in managing antibiotic usage.

Coimbatore session on 13 September 2022 was chaired by Dr. Jayaraman Krishnarajan (renowned Poultry Consultant), Dr. Natrajan A., (Professor and Head, Animal Feed Analytical and Quality Assurance Lab., VCRI, Namakkal), Dr. Peter Smid, Dr. Saurabh Shekhar, Dr. Ramesh Kumar (CEO, Salem Microbes Pvt. Ltd.) and Mr. Himanshu Saxena.The session was moderated by Dr. Ramesh Kumar and Dr. Natarajan A. set the context for the evening giving a clear brief on how we have seen the anti-microbial resistance progress over the years and how our current actions are going to be important.

Dr. Jayaraman as a Keynote speaker gave the local and global overview of AMR explaining that it is more than a perception and is a reality. He explained how over the course of time there have been gradual shifts from AGPs as the search for alternatives to antibiotics in food production system continues.  His suggestion to the audience was that prepare in advance and ensure to have a framework that is able to mitigate the fast changing outside world. 

Bengaluru chapter on 16 September 2022 was chaired by Prof. G Devegowda (President, Institution of Veterinarians of Poultry Industry), Dr. S. S.Pattabhirama (Group Nutritionist, Nanda Group), Dr. Peter Smid, , Dr. Saurabh Shekhar and Mr. Bharat Aswani (Managing Director, Foss India). The session was moderated by Dr. Chandani Parihar and Dr. Pattabhirama set the context for the audience on how antibiotic resistance is a growing concern and requires our attention.

Prof. G Devegowdawas a Keynote speaker for the event and explained about the various sources of AMR emergence. Giving an overview of the various antibiotics that are currently being used in food production system, he explained about the various classes of drugs that are safe for treatment in animals.He further explained on the alternatives of antibiotics like phytogenics, and organic acids which can be instrumental in minimizing the antibiotic consumption.

The sessions were followed by an interactive panel discussion and concluding remarks and vote of thanks by Dr. Saurabh Shekhar followed on by felicitation of all the panelists.

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