Looking at the requirement of this region, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has invested more than Rs.200 Crore for the establishment of International Centre for Foot and Mouth Disease (ICFMD) at Argul. Centre will be opened on 1 April.
While Odisha with a good repository of diverse, vast and unique animal genetic resources, the State occupies a strategic position to lead and intensively participate in Breed Conservation, however Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) is a major impediment in the growth of the sector, as it causes direct economic losses to the farmers.
Bishupada Sethi, Secretary Fisheries and ARD have been proactively pursuing the matter with the Government of India, which has yielded results.
Mr.Sethi has been reviewing the program in tackling the FMD Menace among the domestic animals.
Several drives were taken up for taking care of stray bulls suffering from FMD and Care was taken by the City Vets in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
FMD is a trans-boundary disease, mainly of cattle and buffalo. It is caused by FMD virus of different antigenic types that poses threat to food security.
The annual direct loss on account of FMD in India is estimated at around Rs.23,000 crore due to drop in milk production, mortality in calves, the cost of isolation and treatment. The indirect loss may be much more on account of trade barrier imposed by FMD free country.
To facilitate and control and eradication of FMD in India and the SAARC sub-region, ICAR has invested Rs.200 crore for the establishment of the ICAR-International Centre for FMD, a state-of-the-art high-containment biosafety level 3+/Ag laboratory complex at Arugul in Jatni in Khurda district.
The high containment facility is the first of its kind in South Asia with latest high containment features, rarely seen elsewhere in the world.
It is meant for safe handling and storage of live FMD virus that essentially is required for control of FMD, as a single virus particle released from open laboratories has the potential to cause FMD in controlled and eradicated areas, said Trilochan Mohapatra, Director General ICAR.