Government of Jammu and Kashmir

SRINAGAR — Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday constituted district-level committees for controlling the spread of the lumpy skin disease (LSD) in the UT.

As per an order a, copy of which lies with the news agency KNO, Deputy Commissioner concerned will be the Chairman of the committee while the Chief Executive Officer/Executive Officer of the Municipal Council, Chief Planning Officer, Chief Animal Husbandry Officer, District Sheep Husbandry Officer and District Panchayat officer will be members of the committee.

The terms of reference of the committee as per the order include that the Committee(s) shall implement all biosecurity measures as circulated in the advisories issued by the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, GoI and Agriculture Production Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, from time to time.

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The committee is empowered to implement the vector control program with the application of insecticides and fly repellents in and around cattle farms by involving Municipalities, Panchayats and local bodies, prevent the inter-district and intra-district movement of cattle by involving law enforcement agencies as a measure to prevent cause for the spread of disease to new epicenters, monitor whether the sick animals are being isolated from healthy animals and shall ensure the isolation of affected stray animals.

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It has also been tasked to ensure that all susceptible animals are vaccinated against Lumpy Skin Disease and a sufficient quantity of vaccines, drugs and fly repellents are available in each district for treating the sick animals and preventing the further spread of lumpy skin disease. “Ensure that the animals which die due to lumpy skin disease should be buried deep in the ground with the application of lime,” the order directed.

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