Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, this morning, visited Kutch district to review the situation of lumpy skin disease that has affected a large population of livestock. Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Raghavji Patel accompanied CM Patel on this tour.
CM Patel and other ministers visited the isolation centre in Bhuj, where infected cattle are being treated. A total of 26 isolation centres have been set up in 10 different talukas in the district. The infected cattle are separated from the rest of the herd, so as to prevent the spread of the disease.
According to official data, more than 37840 cattle have been affected by lumpy skin disease in the entire district. Cattle in 585 villages out of 964 villages in the district are affected by this disease.
The government has said that it plans to vaccinate the remaining 3.30 lakh cattle in the Kutch district. The aim is to vaccinate at least 20,000 cattle per day. The state government has allocated a sufficient amount of vaccines to the district for this purpose. Kutch District Collector Praveena DK and District Development Officer Bhavya Verma met with CM Patel during his visit. MLAs, officials and dairy representatives have also joined this operation.
The lumpy skin disease has affected cattle all over the state. As such the government has stepped up its vaccination drive for the lumpy disease. So far, more than 10 lakh healthy animals in 20 different districts have been vaccinated. More than 6 lakh vaccine doses are also available at the district level for this purpose.
At least 222 veterinary officers, and 713 livestock inspectors are engaged in intensive survey, treatment and vaccination operations. More than 107 members of the state veterinary college, graduates, post-graduates and faculty have been employed in Jamnagar, Devbhoomi-Dwarka and Banaskantha, besides Kutch.