Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said the virus borne Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) as well as influenza like disorders pose serious challenges for the health of livestock.
Mr.Singh said that bovines, buffaloes as well as pig species are mainly affected through these disorders.
Union Minister Singh, while inaugurating International Centre for Foot and Mouth Disease (ICFMD) at Argul near Jatni said that the virus borne FMD as well as influenza like disorder pose serious challenge for the health of livestock.
Odisha Minister Agriculture, Pradeep Maharathy, Secretary Fisheries and ARD, Bishnupada Sethi and other senior officials are present.
Minister informed that more than 50 crore livestock across the country are very prone to these disorders and the Union Government has been trying it best to prevent FMD.
He said that a good livestock health is conducive for welfare of farmers and the new FMD centre would help farmers of Odisha to add to their income.
Union Minister Petroleum & Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, also laid the foundation stone for KVKs (Krishi Vigyan Kendra) in Puri, Bolangir, Mayurbhanj and Ganjam in Odisha Agriculture and Technology University campus here.
Mr.Singh said 31 KVKs have been set up with 100 per cent financial assistance under ICAR which are working on farm testing, frontline demonstration, skill orientation training, zonal day as well as farmers fair centers along with pioneering the multi dimensational technology transfer to the required sports under OUAT, Bhubaneswar.
He said the four KVKs, foundation stone of which laid today, would avail financial outlay of Rs 144.38 lakh each from the Centre through Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi.
Union Agriculture Minister Mr.Singh also participated in the 31st Foundation Day of ICAR- Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, CIFA, Bhubaneswar.
"The National Agriculture Policy provides for utilizing the potentialities existed in Indian Agriculture sector in next two decades, strengthen rural grassroots level infrastructure for expediting the development process in agriculture arena," Mr.Singh said.
He said the National Agriculture Policy also provides for creating the opportunities of employment in rural areas, uplift of the status of agricultural laborer and their households, discouraging their migration to urban areas.