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October 15, 2004

 

 

Cattle in Indian State Free from Foot and Mouth Disease

 

Haryana has become the first state in India where cattle is free from foot and mouth disease.

 

Besides the achievement in eradicating foot and mouth disease, Haryana has the prime status in the country in the export of germplasm for the breeding of buffaloes, according to Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala.

 

Commissioner and Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairy, Manik Sonawane said the Central Government had sponsored a scheme in eight districts of the state to control foot and mouth disease.

 

The remaining 11 districts were being covered under another Central scheme to provide vaccination to control the disease.

 

Haryana accounted for two per cent of the livestock in the country, and it provides 5.83 per cent of the total milk.

 

The overall production of milk in the State was 51.20 lakh metric tons and the per capita availability of milk was 656 grams as against the national average of 226 grams.

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