He also expressed concern that the Livestock Department had not established separate and specific guidelines or arrangements for training and education in the field of poultry farming and poultry health. , despite the endemic annual occurrences of avian influenza or avian influenza in the country.
Avian influenza is a zoonotic disease. Human infections with avian influenza viruses occur after prolonged and close contact with infected birds.
The panel, the parliamentary standing committee on agriculture, submitted its report to parliament during the August 10 monsoon session.
India has a vast resource of livestock and poultry, which plays a vital role in improving the socio-economic conditions of the rural masses. Although various programs have been implemented to control animal diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), brucellosis in cattle and buffaloes, and classical swine fever (CSF) in pigs, the Committee felt the need for the Center and the States to intensify their efforts on several fronts.
On the veterinary infrastructure front, he felt that the department’s efforts should be focused on identifying the most vulnerable states / TUs and encouraging them to mobilize funds to strengthen this infrastructure under the existing arrangement. .
The Committee noted that out of the top 10 states with deficient veterinary infrastructure identified in January 2019, only seven submitted proposals to receive such funds.
“The other three states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Rajasthan experienced a percentage deficit of 82.7%, 57.9% and 54.3% respectively, with Gujarat being the most deficient in veterinary infrastructure among the 10 states in January 2019, ”the panel said. , chaired by BJP member Lok Sabha PC Gaddigoudar, in his report.
He said: “The Committee believes that such a deficit in veterinary infrastructure and services not only hampers the quality and production of the livestock sector in these states, but also deprives individual livestock owners of basic facilities in health, care and maintenance of livestock, poultry and other farm animals while denying them the opportunity to optimize their production potential.