Effort to ‘equip’ mithun owners with scientific animal husbandry practices

Effort to ‘equip’ mithun owners with scientific animal husbandry practicesechonewsmark

PASIGHAT, Oct 11: In an effort to generate awareness on scientific animal husbandry practices among the mithun owners as part of its outreach programme, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary (AH&V) headed by DVO Dr Jikom Panor conducted a mass vaccination programme of Mithuns (Bosfrontalis) on Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) at Ledum village.

Notably Ayeng, Ledum and Mirem villages have highly dense mithun population in the district and the AH&V department has given special emphasis through such efforts to encourage mithun farming, which is a very viable economic activity.

FMD is one of the most common viral diseases of globen footed animals that includes mithun, cattle, pig, goat, deer etc. More than hundred mithuns were vaccinated and mithun farmers were guided on medication and other related veterinary care. Serum sample for sero surveillance activities was also carried out to ascertain the presence and strain of virus in the animal body.

ADC (Hq) T Borang while inaugurating the camp lauded the efforts of AH&V dept for conservation of mithuns and also to uplift the economic status of mithun farmers.

He also encouraged the villagers to avail the opportunity and follow the discipline of scientific technique of livelihood enhancement and management.

Borang said that mithun is considered as one of the most important economic assets in tribal society and an important source of income generation and livelihood opportunities for the rural people in particular.

Lauding the village community for taking initiative in cleanliness of Ledum village through regular social service and other initiatives, the ADC said that Ledum has successfully achieved the goal of Swachh Bharat Mission.

Earlier, the DVO said that FMD causes severe economic loss to mithun farmers in Northeastern hilly region and described how regular preventive vaccination was needed in mithun rearing areas.

Dr N Taloh (KVO) while addressing the villagers gave some helpful tips to mithun owners on breeding and enhanced reproductive performance in cost effective manner.

He also urged the cattle farmers to get their cattle vaccinated.

Senior veterinary officers – Dr Tagum Tamut and Dr Tadar Tatik suggested for keeping pigs in pigsty in hygienic condition for prevention of diseases.(DIPRO)

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