The government is suffering a direct loss of Rs 20,000 crore per year, owing to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) on domestic and wild ruminant animal and swine population, a senior official of ICAR said on Friday.

“It (Rs 20,000 crore) is the direct loss. The indirect loss may be more,” Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Deputy Director General (Animal Science) K M L Pathak told reporters here.

He was speaking at the a high level meeting of heads of animal husbandary of different states of the country at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Veterinary University here.

“The government is contemplating to at least control the disease in the 12th Five Year Plan period (2012-17). It adversely affects the meet export of buffalo,” he said.

Small farmers are badly hit if their cattle is affected by this disease. “Not only milk yield of the cattle is reduced but the farmer has to spent on its treatment,” he said.

Haryana tops in the control of this disease and states can adopt Haryana model and contributes 30 per cent to the GDP, he said.

Uttar Pradesh has not given desired result, since the disease reporting system has not been affective. Sometimes supply of quality vaccine or timely funding is not ensured, he added.

Frequent transfer of responsible officer is also another reason. The problem would be discussed with the officers of UP government, he added.

“Veterinary University Mathura and IVRI Bareily have been selected now for the training of veterinarians for this disease. There would be no dearth of funds,” Pathak said.

(This article was published on September 14, 2012)
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