Lumpy skin claims lives of over 2,000 cattles in Madhesh Province

Published On: August 1, 2023 10:28 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

MAHENDRANAGAR, Aug 1: More than 2,000 cattle died of lumpy skin disease in Madhesh Province. It is a huge toll on livestock, thereby impacting agriculture and income.

Statistics on such loss was made public during a program organized in Janakpur on Monday. The Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives in the province informed that Siraha witnessed maximum loss- 1,118 cattle died while Parsa had the least deaths- 2.

Cow and ox are highest in number dying of the lumpy skin while buffaloes in least number- 6.

Meanwhile, in the province, 45,825 livestock have been vaccinated against the fatal disease, according to veterinarian Dr Ranjit Kumar Adhikari.

Sarlahi district has recorded the highest number of vaccination. Over 12,325 cattles were vaccinated in the district. However, vaccination drives are still to be launched in Saptari, Siraha, Mahottari and Parsa districts.

Inaugurating the vaccination program at Gaushala in Janakpur on Monday, Minister for Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Govind Bahadur Neupane, informed that the province government had sent each district with 8,000 doses of vaccine against lumpy skin.

Minister Neupane vowed government initiative for sustainable solution of this problem. The vaccination drive was a special campaign at present, he added. 


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