August 15, 2022
Rajasthan, India pushes efforts to fight lumpy skin disease
The government in Rajasthan, India, is going all out to control the spread of lumpy skin disease (LSD), which has affected 23 of the state's 33 districts so far.
According to the animal husbandry department, the disease has affected more than 280,000 cattle in these districts. While reports put the death toll due to the disease at nearly 12,800, non-governmental organisations claim the figure is much higher.
The worst-affected district is Sriganganagar with more than 45,000 cases, followed by Barmer with over 37,000 cases. Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, Jalore, Nagaur, Churu, Hanumangarh and Pali districts have reported a large number of cases.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the state government was committed to the protection and promotion of livestock and that there would be no shortage of funds for medicines, doctors and ambulances.
Gehlot has given approval to fill 500 posts of veterinary doctors and livestock assistants on a temporary basis and has directed officials to complete the process soon. "We are taking all possible efforts to curb the spread of this disease," he said, demanding that the centre provide special assistance considering LSD as a natural calamity.
The state has also decided to ban animal fairs to curb the spread of the disease.
Meanwhile, Animal Husbandry Minister Lal Chand Kataria said medicines were being ensured in affected areas and a team of veterinary doctors had started to treat the infected cattle. He added that infected cattle should be kept separate and special care should be taken in regard to cleanliness and their food.
Rajasthan has about 7% of India's overall cattle population and contributes over 12.72% of total milk production.
- Business Standard