Bhubaneswar: Union Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh inaugurated the International Centre for Foot and Mouth Disease (ICFMD) on the occasion of Utkal Divas Yesterday (April 1) at Arugul on outskirts of capital city.
Union Petroleum and Natural gas Minister Dharmedra Pradhan, Odisha Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Minister Pradeep Maharathy and Bhubaneswar Member of Parliament Prasanna Patsani also attended the programme.
The 200 crore research centre project aims at providing wide opportunities for veterinary practitioners to conduct research on viral diseases of cattle and buffaloes.
The research centre has been built in alliance with United Nation’s food and Agriculture Organization and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) of the Union Government.
The Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in India is an endemic which occurs across the country throughout the year. The disease causes economic loss mainly due to reduction in about 80 per cent milk production and decline in the working capacity of animals. It also causes reduction in the export potential of livestock industry in the country as milk; dairy products and meat are not accepted by the countries free from the disease.