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An awareness programme on foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease in livestock was organized by ICAR-Central Island Agricultural Research Institute, Port Blair in collaboration with DAHVS, A&N Administration at Calicut Community Hall on 26th May 2023. Shri T. Yaghambaram, Pradhan, Gram Panchayat, Calicut was the chief guest. Dr. Jai Sundere, Pr Scientist & Head (I/c) was the resource person. Dr. Baljit Kaur, Sr Veterinary Officer, Garacharma Veterinary Officer along with para-veterinary staff also attended the programme. Altogether 25 dairy farmers participated in the awareness program. On the occasion mineral mixture, anthelmintic and vitamin tonic were also distributed to the farmers.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri. T. Yaghambaram, Pradhan appreciated the effort of ICAR-CIARI & DAHVS for conducting the programme for the benefit of farmers. He also requested to conduct such type of programme in the future also. He assured that farmers are very much interested in the dairy activity and will take active participation in the joint effort for the successful implementation of the FMD control programme.

Dr. Jai Sunder, Pr. Scientist and Coordinator of the programme explained in detail the causes, symptoms, treatment, and control measures of FMD and lumpy skin disease in livestock. He stressed the importance of such an awareness programme that will curb the prevalence of FMD on this island. He also replied to several queries raised by the farmers regarding the treatment and control of the disease. He stated that with the effective vaccination programme and routine monitoring and surveillance, the disease will be effectively controlled and eradicated from this island. He requested all the farmers to cooperate with the vaccination programme for the control and eradication of the disease from this island.

Dr. Baljit Kaur, Sr. Veterinary Officer, DAHVS highlighted the significance of vaccination programmes and informed that the next round of vaccination will commence very shortly. She urged all the farmers to come forward and cooperate with the vaccination programme.

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