GANDERBAL: Acting on an urgent call from livestock rearers of Lar block of Ganderbal district regarding the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a highly contagious viral disease of cattle sheep and goat, Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Ganderbal on Wednesday organised a special programme in which farmers were educated about the management, prevention and control of the disease.
In the programme, a door to door examination of animals was conducted by the experts from SKUAST-K and the ailing animals were treated on the spot.
According to Head and Programme Coordinator, KVK Ganderbal, Dr Javid Ahmad Bhat, KVK Ganderbal received number of calls from the farmers of the area complaining of death and sickness of milch animals and “acting on the complaints instantly a team of experts was deputed to the area for managing the disease”.
Subject Matter Specialist (Animal Science), KVK Ganderbal, Dr Parvaiz Ahmed Reshi confirmed that majority of animals in Repora, Waliwar, Chanthan, Gulabpora, Chontwaliwar and adjoining villages of the area were badly affected with the disease and has “caused some mortalities of the young animals along with worsening of condition of the adult animals”.
A team of scientists from Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences – Kashmir (SKUAST-K) visited the area and passed necessary advisory and treated the affected animals.
The disease, according to the experts, is characterised by high fever, weight loss, abortions, death of newborn animals, decrease in milk production and occasionally secondary bacterial infections that, if not managed, cause huge economic loses to the farmers.