Friday 20 December 2013

Implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme ‘Livestock Health and Disease Control

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries for implementation of the on-going Centrally Sponsored Scheme "Livestock Health & Disease Control" (LH & DC) in the 12th Plan with certain modifications and expansion of existing components. 

Implementation of the existing components with modifications and expansion of the national control programmes including addition of one new component on control of classical swine fever under the scheme `Livestock Health & Disease Control` will involve an investment of Rs. 3114.00 crore for entire 12th Plan Period. 

This will enable effective tackling the issue of livestock health and strengthing the existing efforts to manage the animal diseases, many of which are of trans-boundary nature with economic and zoonotic potential. 

Accordingly, besides modification of existing components, the scope of Foot and Mouth Disease and Peste des petits Ruminants (PPR) Control Programmes will be expanded to cover all the districts during 12lh Plan. A new component, viz., Classical Swine Fever Control Programme has also been included in the scheme. 

The Scheme also envisages up-gradation of State Biological Production Units and Disease Diagnostic Laboratories so as to make them Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) compliant respectively. 

The scheme presently has 8 components viz. Assistance to States for Control of Animal Diseases, National Project on Rinderpest Eradication, Professional Efficiency Development, Foot and Mouth Disease Control Programme, National Animal Disease Reporting System, National Control Programme on Peste des petits Ruminants, Establishment and Strengthening of existing Veterinary Hospitals and Dispensaries, and National Control Programme on Brucellosis. 

The country has a huge livestock population. Their productivity is inhibited by a variety of economically important animal diseases which also affect international trade. 

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