Greater Noida (UP): Stating that disease in livestock affects the farmers and their income, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Centre and states are trying to control the spread of Lumpy Skin Disease, which has caused death of cattle in large numbers.
An indigenous vaccine has been developed for Lumpy Skin Disease, he said after inaugurating the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022, being organised at India Expo Centre & Mart here.
Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) is a contagious viral infection that affects cattle and causes fever, nodules on the skin, and can also lead to death. Over 67,000 cattle have died since July due to LSD in more than eight states, including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana. Currently, states are using ‘goat pox’ vaccine to control the spread of this disease.
“In the recent past, there has been loss of livestock in many states of India due to the disease named Lumpy. The central government along with various state governments is trying to control it,” Modi said.
Modi informed that Indian scientists have also developed an indigenous vaccine for LSD.
The indigenous vaccine is called “Lumpi-ProVacInd” and has been developed by two institutes of agri research body ICAR. Its commercial launch is expected in next three-four months.
Addressing the summit, also being attended by a large number of foreign delegates, he said that disease of livestock is a major threat as it affects the farmers and their income.
Since the disease in cattle also impacts milk production and its quality, the government is focusing on universal vaccination of livestock.
“We are committed for 100 per cent vaccination of livestock by 2025 for foot and mouth disease,” he said.
He further said India is building the largest database of dairy animals and every animal associated with the dairy sector is being tagged.
“We are doing biometric identification of animals. We have named it - Pashu Aadhaar,” he said.
Under the Pashu Aadhaar, digital identification of livestock is being done to keep track of their health, which will also help in expanding the dairy sector, he said and added the government is also working on developing a balanced dairy ecosystem to address the challenges in the sector along with a focus on increasing production.
He said additional income for the farmers, empowerment of the poor, cleanliness (swachhta), chemical-free farming, clean energy and cattle care are interlinked in this ecosystem.
Animal husbandry and dairy are being promoted as a powerful medium of green and sustainable growth in villages, he said.
Schemes like Rashtriya Gokul Mission, Goberdhan Yojna, digitisation of dairy sector and universal vaccination of cattle along with measures like banning single-use plastic are steps in that direction.
That apart, Modi said, the government is promoting entrepreneurial structures like farmer producer organisations and women self-help groups as well as startups in dairy sector.
More than 1,000 startups have come up in agriculture and dairy sector in the last 5-6 years, Modi said citing example of the strides achieved in Gobardhan Yojana. Modi also said the government is promoting both indigenous and hybrid cattle breeds as diversity is important be it in agriculture or dairy sector.