Punjab to set up viral vaccine unit for livestock
CHANDIGARH: Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh today gave in-principle approval for setting up of viral vaccine production units to ensure better protection of livestock against critical diseases.
This decision would help in protecting livestock against the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), swine flu and PPR disease common amongst goats, an official spokesperson said after the meeting.
He also directed the department to work on a detailed plan for establishing Disease Free Zones in certain areas, beginning from the international border and between the geographical boundaries stretching from Beas to Sutlej rivers, in order to give impetus to the promotion of trade between India and its neighbouring countries.
The chief minister asked the department to prepare a comprehensive action plan to introduce new practices of cattle breeding, elimination of cattle disease, and scientific production of milk and milk products as well as meat and meat products.
Earlier, the minister was apprised by advisor (Animal Husbandry) Dr. BK Uppal about the vaccine for FMD. The vaccine, which is free from NSP antigen, would make Punjab first in the country to be free from foot and mouth disease. This will facilitate the livestock farmers of in the state to export their high breed cattle to the Middle East, and further boost their earnings.
During the meeting, the chief minister asked the Animal Husbandry department to launch a vigorous campaign to promote piggery and fishery in a big way to encourage farmers to adopt these allied sectors in order to supplement their income.
Source: ECONOMIC TIMES