New Delhi, may 31: The first Union Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday cleared a novel initiative that will benefit crores of farmers and improve the health of animals, Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar said.
This initiative pertains to controlling Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis to support the livestock rearing farmers. The Cabinet had cleared a total outlay of Rs. 13,343 crores to fully control these diseases amongst the livestock in the country in the next five years and subsequently eradicate these diseases.
This decision indicates the spirit of compassion towards those animals which are a valued part of our planet.
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis are very common amongst the livestock – cow-bulls, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs etc.
If a cow/buffalo gets infected with FMD, the milk loss is upto 100 per cent which could last for four to six months. Further, in case of Brucellosis the milk output reduces by 30 per cent , during the entire life cycle of animal. Brucellosis also causes infertility amongst the animals.
The infection of brucellosis can also be transmitted to the farm workers and livestock owners. Both the diseases have a direct negative impact on the trade of milk and other livestock products.