Animals infected with lumpy skin disease were found in 33 districts of Maharashtra. Due to this the livestock owners were upset. Total 1 lakh 72 thousand 528 animals in the state lumpy skin disease were found infected with. Out of these infected animals, 1 lakh 12 thousand animals have been cured. More than 97 percent animals have been vaccinated in the state so far.
A total of 140.97 lakh vaccines have been made available in many districts of the state. The Animal Husbandry Department has informed that so far a total of 136.48 lakh animals have been vaccinated free of cost. According to data from private organisations, cooperative milk unions and individual cattle ranchers, around 97.54 percent of cows in Maharashtra have been vaccinated.
Vaccination work completed in these districts so far
Vaccination of animals has been completed in many districts of the state. The districts where vaccination has been completed include Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Dhule, Akola, Aurangabad, Beed, Osmanabad, Kolhapur, Sangli, Solapur, Washim, Jalna, Hingoli, Nandurbar and Mumbai suburbs. According to vaccinations done by private institutions, cooperative milk unions and individual cattle owners, about 97.54 percent of bovine animals in Maharashtra have been vaccinated. On behalf of the Animal Husbandry Department, it was said that soon the remaining animals would also be vaccinated. The first case of lumpy skin disease in Maharashtra was reported from Jalgaon on 4 August.
Compensation given to livestock owners
The Maharashtra government has deposited Rs 8.05 crore in the accounts of 3091 livestock owners for the compensation of animals who died of lumpy skin disease. In this, 30 thousand rupees have been given to the cow who lost her life due to this disease and 25 thousand rupees to the bull, apart from this, financial assistance of 16 thousand rupees has been given to the calf. The livestock owners have got relief from this compensation. He was waiting for this compensation for a long time.
In view of the increasing cases of lumpy skin disease, the state government has issued instructions to vaccinate all the animals. All the officers have also been instructed to remain alert in this regard. The Animal Husbandry Department of the state government has also appealed to all animal breeders to get their animals vaccinated.
Formation of 12 member task force
The Maharashtra government has taken many important steps to deal with the lumpy skin disease. Under which the Maharashtra government has constituted a state-level 12-member task force to deal with lumpy skin disease. The 12-member task force will be headed by the Animal Husbandry Commissioner, Pune. The task force has been authorized to hold meetings with the officials of the Animal Husbandry Department of the affected districts and representatives of the Lumpi Skin Disease Vaccine producers.
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