Kashmir

FMD hits twin villages of Pulwama district farmers in distress

Mir Zeeshan

Pulwama 29 July, 2021:
Farmers in Kangan and Dadoora villages of Pulwama district are harrowed over non-availability of vaccine for Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) as domestic animals continue to die.

Manzoor Ahmad Beigh, resident of Dadoora village said he lost his cows due to FMD in last two weeks as none of his cows were vaccinated on time by the concerned husbandry department .

He also said no one approached to him even after loosing six cows to the disease. “He had taken loan for establishing cow farm but fears of re-paying it” added Beigh.

Another farmer from Kangan village Gulzar Ahmad Dar, has the same tale of loosing cows to FMD from past two weeks.

He had also taken loan to start cow farm last year but among five cows he lost three to FMD and is in distress to repay the loan from bank.

He requested Deputy Commissioner Pulwama to intervene into the matter and alleged Animal Husbandry department Pulwama is not taking serious steps to tackle with the disease.

DDC member Pulwama-B Javid Rahim Bhat, said he is ready to provide any help for the people of his area.

Dr Mohammad Hussain Wani,Chief Animal Husbandry Officer said to The News Idea that due to unknown reasons vaccine supply was not provided in months of March and April this year by higher authorities.
He also said that our teams are on ground and collecting samples from the FMD hit areas in order to check the strain of the disease.

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