Foot and Mouth Disease Took 2,800 Cattle Life

Published on: 18 Dec, 2013
Published under: Kerala Agriculture News

17 December 2013
Thiruvananthapuram

With the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease in Kerala about 2800 cattle’s have lost their life in just couple of months. The death of cattle have affected the production of milk in the state.The most number of cases were reported in Thrissur district, followed by Palakkad and Kottayam respectively.

State animal husbandry director NN Sasi said, “The disease is under control now due to the quick action and effective precautionary measures. A total of Rs. 50 lakh has been granted for the distribution of medicines and sterilizer kits to the owners of affected cattle.

Adequate amount of medicines have been stocked at veterinary hospitals and arrangements made at the panchayat level to notify every new case of the disease, according to Sasi. Kerala has also initiated strict vigil at the check posts to stop the flow of FWD-affected animals from other states.

Meanwhile, the Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (KCMMF) said the disease had hit milk production. The arrival of milk from neighboring Tamil Nadu and Karnataka has also come down.

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