New Delhi, India, Dec. 19 — Veterinary Experts said it is high time that GIS (Geographical Information System) technology was introduced at the block and district levels for disease forecasting so that the incidence of millions of animals dying of various lethal diseases every year could be brought down.
This, in fact, is one of the recommendations experts made at a two-day seminar, which concluded in nearby Mukteshwar town on Tuesday. The seminar ‘Vaccinology and Anti-viral Therapeutics: Strategies and Blueprint’ was jointly organised by the Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Mukteshwar, and one of its wings Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) Project Directorate. Around 100 veterinary experts from India and abroad participated in the seminar.
Besides, imparting training for research professionals/ academicians and field veterinarians on various aspects of bio-safety and bio-security measures in handling important animal pathogens was also suggested. While suggesting that animal welfare should be in the interest of society/farmers/ animals, the participants recommended that a national-level databank for vaccine requirement for control and eradication of important livestock diseases should be established.