An indigenous vaccine has been developed for Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD). Besides this, efforts are being made to track the movement of animals to keep the outbreak under control, he added.
Modi was speaking after inaugurating the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit (IDF WDS) 2022, being organised at India Expo Centre & Mart here.
LSD is a contagious viral disease that affects cattle and causes fever, nodules on the skin and can also lead to death. Thousands of cattle have died due to LSD in more than eight states including Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana.
“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.
Addressing the summit, also being attended by a large number of foreign delegates, the Prime Minister said that livestock disease 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 therefore is focusing on universal vaccination of livestock.
“We are committed to 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 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 added.
India is the world’s largest milk producer at about 210 million tonnes annually.
Modi said as compared to the 2 per cent production growth at the global level, India is clocking the milk production growth rate at more than 6 per cent.
The inaugural function was also attended by Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Sanjeev Balyan was also present.