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About Animal Disease Control Project

Farmers in Kerala have been facing great economic loss due to loss in life and reduction in milk yield due to Foot and mouth Disease every year. Besides this the State incurred large economic losses as a result of the inability to produce and ship processed animal products. It was estimated that the country is losing over Rs 4000 Crore annually due to FMD.Under these circumstances Government of Kerala took the stern decision to implement control of this dreaded disease in the State. Since the State does not have the economic resources to implement such a large scale project on its own, it was decided to approach an external agency such as National Dairy Development Board to provide infrastructural and monetary support.Consequent to a series of discussions at Government level, NDDB agreed in principle to launch a joint venture programme to control Foot and Mouth Disease in the state. A working Group was formed to chalk out modalities for the implementation of such a project. On the basis of the report of the Working Group, a MOU was signed on 27th March, 2004 between NDDB and the Government of Kerala to implement the Animal Disease Control Project in Kerala, and Government vide G. O. (Rt) 176/04/AD dated 24/8/2004 issued orders for implementation of the Project. The Project was named “GORAKSHA”.