Center reflects on mobile veterinary units to help livestock dependents – The New Indian Express
Express news service
NEW DELHI: For better health care of livestock by improving veterinary services, the central government has planned a program to organize mobile veterinary units (MVU) so that medical facilities are available at the gates of farmers and people dependent on them. animal husbandry for their livelihood.
As part of this program, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Production (AH&D) will provide funds to the Government of States and Union Territories (UT) for MVUs. According to officials, the idea is to have a van for a lakh of cattle.
âWe are all aware of the state of health services in the states. This program will certainly help farmers, especially the poorest and also those who are far away in small districts or villages, to keep their animals healthy. Availability of health care facilities – timely treatment – will translate into good production, âsaid a department official familiar with the matter.
MVUs will be custom-built vehicles equipped with facilities for diagnosis, treatment, minor surgery, audiovisual aids and other basic requirements. The vans will be parked at strategic locations to minimize travel time.
According to the latest livestock census (2019), the country has 536.76 million animals including 303.76 million cattle. The official added that states or UTs could set up a call center, where farmers will register their needs.
âThe call center can be aligned with the functioning of the existing service. He will receive calls from breeders, animal owners, and forward them to the call center veterinarian. The decision to orient the MUV will be based on the emerging nature of the case decided by the doctor at the center, who will also monitor the movement of the vans, “said the official.
As part of its ambitious plan to eradicate two major animal diseases, peste des petits ruminants (PPR) and classical swine fever (PCP), the department is preparing to launch a mega vaccination campaign. It will provide vaccines to all states and UTs.
The goal is to eradicate PPR by 2030 by vaccinating all sheep and goats and to control CSF by vaccinating the entire pig population. According to the 2019 livestock census, the pig population in India is 9.06 million, while goats were 148.88 million and there were 74.26 million sheep.
Another contagious disease is PPR, also known as sheep and caprine plague. CSF is a highly contagious infection, which constitutes a major constraint in the development of pig farming.