India Intensively Participate in the Control of FMD in SAARC Region
New Delhi, 13 February 2011
‘India occupies a strategic position to lead, and intensively participate in the control of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in the SAARC region. India is determined to control this major disease within the next decade, to increase the productivity of the livestock sector, and to improve the livelihood of the small, marginal and resource poor farmers’, said Sri Harish Rawat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Food Processing Industries and Parliamentary Affairs. He inaugurated International Conference on Scientific Development and Technical Challenges in the Progressive Control of Foot and Mouth Disease in South Asia-‘FMD India-2012’ (13-15 February) in the presence of Dr. Charan Das Mahant, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries.
‘India is producing about 300 million doses of trivalent vaccine per annum and the demand is expected to go up-to 600-800 million doses in the next 3-5 years. Indian Veterinary Research Institute is trying to set up a new plant at the Bangalore Campus under PPP mode, with an estimated capacity of 100-150 million doses’, he added. While lauding the role played by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research in alleviation of FMD from India he called for more research in this direction ‘ICAR is keen to establish a high security Regional FMD Reference Laboratory, for providing facilities for diagnosis in the center’, he said. Sri Rawat released a souvenir and abstract of the conference.
Earlier, Sri Rudhra Gangadharan, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries (DADF) called for united efforts of all sections of society to eradicate FMD. ‘It’s a livelihood issue for most of the small and marginalized farmers. In this process everyone will gain. Hence, united efforts are needed.’
Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and Director General, ICAR urged for progressive control measures. ‘We have research, scientific and institutional strength. This confidence will be a driving force for eradicating FMD. Deliberations in conference will give inputs for 12th plan’, he added.
Dr. Juan Lubroth, Chief Veterinary Officer, FAO, Rome provided three point strategy for alleviation of this disease- Understanding of FMD, availability of tools and political will. He hoped that by improving livestock health world can achieve millennium goals.
Dr. Joseph Domenech, Charge de Mission for FMD & PPR, OIE said that preventive and controlling strategies should be given high priority.
Prof. K.M.L. Pathak, Chairman, Organizing Committee and Deputy Director General (Animal Science) welcomed the guests and Prof. Gaya Prasad, Assistant Director General (Animal Health) presented vote of thanks.
Conference is jointly organized by the ICAR, DADF and Food and Agriculture Organization and attended by the 600 partners from across the world. Senior officials of ICAR, FAO, Vice Chancellors of State Agricultural Universities, Directors of Animal Husbandry Department of State Governments, representatives of industry and veterinary professionals is presented in the conference.
(Source-NAIP Sub-Project on Mass Media Mobilization, DKMA)