In fiscal year 2021, the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization(NARO) launched its 5th Mid-to Long-term Plan. Under the Plan, the National Institute of Animal Health (NIAH)is engaged in research and development in the field of animal health, aiming at further contributions to the agriculture and food industries. In the fifth phase, we will further promote researches on the veterinary diagnostic and prevention technologies in cooperation with research institutes inside and outside the Organization as well as in Japan and overseas. We believe that these researches will contribute to the stable development and the competitiveness enhancement of the industries through the control of animal diseases
Threats of animal infectious diseases has become more severe than ever before. The epidemic of highly pathogenic avian influenza caused the largest damage ever last fiscal year in Japan. The outbreaks of classical swine fever in Japan and African swine fever in Asia still continue to rage. In addition, chronic infectious diseases and production diseases have continued to adversely affect farm economy. In order to address these issues, we will collaborate with relevant parties, including prefectural governments, producers, universities, and private companies, to understand the disease situation in the field and their needs. We will work for the improvement and development of diagnostic and preventive methods utilizing such information and advanced technology. In particular, we will actively collaborate with private companies to quickly deliver the developed tools to production sites.
In addition, zoonotic pathogens carried by animals, such as those of zoonotic infectious diseases, food poisoning bacteria, and drug-resistant bacteria, has been emerging as risks to humans. In order to address these risks, we contribute to the public health from the animal health side based on the concept of "One-Health Approach". In the fifth phase, NIAH established a new division for the research on zoonotic diseases to cope with issues.
At the same time, supporting the animal disease control activities in Japan is also one of our important missions. We will continue to provide animal disease diagnosis, veterinary biological product manufacturing, and training courses for prefectural animal health officers. Furthermore, we will promote international activities such as a collaborative center and reference laboratory accredited by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), international joint research with overseas research institutes, and technical cooperation with developing countries.
While globalization and technological innovation are advancing in various fields, we will continue to actively promote technological development so that we can contribute to the creation of a new future. We look forward to your continued support and cooperation.
National Institute of Animal Health, NARO