Principal Secretary Animal/Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries Department, Navin K. Choudhary today e-launched National Animal Disease Control Program in Jammu and Kashmir, here at Civil Secretariat.
The first round of the vaccination under the program would be conducted from September 22 to November 21 2020 with a target to vaccinate 31.45 lakh farm animals.
Addressing the participants through video conferencing, Navin Choudhary said that livestock sector plays an important role in the national economy and socio-economic development of the people and needs scientific interventions for tapping its full potential.
“It is emerging as an important growth engine of the economy and its share in gross domestic production has gradually risen. A significant obstacle for the growth in terms of production from livestock and poultry is the prevalence of diseases as these cause huge economic losses nationally” he said.
He further said that Foot & Mouth Disease and Brucellosis are two such diseases which cause economic loss in the Country, including in UT of J&K to the tune of Rs. 50 thousand Crore annually. FMD causes 100% loss in milk production and Brucellosis decreases reproductive efficiency of animals.
The Principal Secretary informed the participants that Prime Minister has launched the flagship National Animal Disease Control for FMD and Brucellosis which is now included in Atma Nirbhar Bharat. The aim of the program is to control two diseases by 2025 and eradicate them by 2030, he informed.
He said the program is combined with pashu Aadhaar and all animals covered under the program will be tagged and details will be uploaded on INAPH web portal to ensure traceability which will enable the country to regain market share of dairy and meat exports. He said that the mission mode approach for eradication of these diseases is the biggest step any country of the world has ever taken either for human or animal vaccination program to control any disease.
In first round of Vaccination campaign in J&K, around 31.45 lakh cattle & Buffaloes will be vaccinated and tagged in a mission mode. 45.4 Lakh sheep and goat will be vaccinated in 2nd round.
Navin Choudhary also informed that Department has submitted an Action Plan of Rs 1843.24 lakhs to GoI for NADCP for the year 2020-21 and there is an incentive of Rs 5.50 per vaccination and tagging for vaccinators. He directed Animal Husbandry Department Jammu/ Kashmir to run a massive awareness campaign during vaccination program. He also said that all persons involved in vaccination campaign should take precaution and strictly follow COVID 19 guidelines.
The Principal Secretary told the participants that the program is being monitored by Prime Minister’s Office and the vaccination data should be uploaded on web portal on real time basis. He further added that the program will be monitored by Administrative Department on INAPH web portal on daily basis till its completion and the first three CAHOs completing the task within the shortest span shall be rewarded.
Principal Secretary e-launched the vaccinations campaign by uploading data of first three vaccinations of Baramulla District on INAPH web Portal.
The campaign was launched in presence of Ms Vivek Sharma, Director Animal Husbandry Jammu; Pankaj Raj Katoch, Mission Director Dairy Development; Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, Director Sheep Husbandry Jammu and Dr. D.S Bindra, Chief Executive Officer, LDB Jammu.
The event was also attended by Purnima Mittal, Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir; Dr. Abdul Salam Mir, Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir; Imtiyaz Ahmed Wani, Director Finance; Animal/Sheep Husbandry Department; Jahangir Hussain Hashmi, Nodal Officer Atma Nirbhar Bharat; Dr. Aftab Ahmad Alai, Chief Executive Officer, Livestock Development Board Kashmir; All Joint Directors and District officers of Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department through video conferencing.