Lumpy skin disease: Indigenous vaccine ready to control virus: PM Modi

As the lumpy skin disease continues its death spree with over 57,000 animal deaths in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for the development of an indigenous vaccine for the virus. informed about. He also confirmed that both the central and state governments are working to control the spread of the disease.

The Prime Minister also promised to ensure 100% vaccination among cattle against the virus and efforts are on to track the movement of animals to keep the spread under control.

“We are committed to 100% immunization of livestock for foot and mouth disease by 2025,” he said.

lumpy skin disease is a contagious viral disease that affects cattle and causes fever, skin lumps and death. Mosquitoes, flies, lice and wasps spread the disease through direct contact with cattle, as well as through contaminated food and water.

Addressing the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022 held at India Expo Center & Mart, Modi said, “Our scientists have also developed an indigenous vaccine for lumpy skin disease.”

The summit was also attended by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Purushottam Rupala along with their MoS Sanjeev Balyan.

“Lumpy disease has caused loss of livestock in many states of India in recent times. The central government along with various state governments is trying to control it,” Modi said.

The Prime Minister also expressed concern about livestock diseases and described it as a major threat as it affects the income of farmers as such diseases also affect milk production and quality.

He also talked about the largest database of dairy animals developed by India and also told that every animal associated with the dairy sector will be tagged. “We are doing biometric identification of animals. We have named it ‘Pashu Aadhar’.

“Digital identification of livestock is being done under Pashu Aadhar to track their health which will also help in expansion of dairy sector,” he said.

With a production of about 210 million tonnes, India is the largest producer of milk in the world. The country is also watching, the fastest growth in production is 6% while the production growth globally is just 2%.

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