Lumpy Virus in India : Lumpy virus is wreaking havoc on cattle in the north and western states of the country. The disease has spread to Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. There is panic among livestock farmers and farmers about this deadly virus. In Rajasthan, the cows that died due to the lumpi virus are being left in the open, making it difficult for the people around them to live there. Lumpy virus disease has emerged as a major concern for the dairy business.
75 thousand cattle have died
Lumpy virus is spreading in cattle, especially in cows and buffaloes. This is badly affecting those farmers, whose business is completely dependent on cattle. Addressing the World Dairy Conference held at the Expo Mart in Greater Noida on Tuesday, Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Sanjeev Balyan said that so far 75 thousand cattle have died due to this disease called ‘Lumpy Skin’. .
spread rapidly in UP-Rajasthan
Balian further said, ‘There are about 100 million cattle in the country, out of which 10 lakh are in the grip of the lumpi virus. So far 75 thousand cattle have been killed by this disease. That is, the death rate is only one percent. He said that the lumpi disease which started from Gujarat has spread to many states including Rajasthan and UP, but now it is about to end.
milk production affected
Due to the lumpi virus, the clouds of crisis have started hovering over the dairy sector. Milk producing farmers in Punjab are getting affected a lot by this. According to the Progressive Dairy Farmers Association of Punjab, the milk production in the state has declined by 15 to 20 percent due to lumpy skin disease.
Disease havoc in western UP
The havoc of the lumpi virus is clearly visible in the western part of Uttar Pradesh adjoining Haryana. The virus has spread its feet in 25 districts of the state. The worst affected are Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur and Aligarh districts of West UP. According to media reports, about 25 thousand cattle have been found infected with this serious virus in UP.