Scientists develop LSD vax, mass production to be ready soon | India News

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BAREILLY: Scientists of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s (ICAR) National Research Centre on Equines (NRCE) at Haryana and ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI) in Bareilly have jointly developed a vaccine against the deadly Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) virus affecting lakhs of cattle across India.
The LSD outbreak has so far killed over 57,000 cattle in the country. Its first case was reported in Kutch, Gujarat, in April this year.
“The vaccine is called ‘Lumpi-ProVacind’ and it has been transferred to Biovet Pvt Ltd in Karnataka on Friday during a programme in Delhi. Biovet has promised its commercial production at the earliest. The development of this vaccine is another milestone on the way to a ‘self-reliant India’, and it will provide great relief to cattle farmers who suffered massive financial loss because of this virus,” Dr Triveni DuttICAR-IVRI director, told TOI.
Dutt added that the executive director of Biovet, Dr Srinivasulu Kilarihas promised to begin the commercial production of the vaccine soon. Kilari said that “the organisation is glad to license Lumpi-ProVacind technology”.
IVRI said in a statement added: “Lumpi-ProVacind is safe for animals and induces LSD virus-specific antibody and cell-mediated immune response, besides providing complete protection against the virus… The immunity induced …persists for a minimum period of one year. The vaccine has great demand in India. Further, the patent has been filed for the technology.”
During the inauguration of the International Dairy Federation Summit 2022 in Greater Noida on September 12, PM Narendra Modi also spoke about the disease and other challenges faced by farmers and their cattle.
Modi said, “When a cattle is ill, it affects the life of a farmer and his earnings. The number of cattle, their productivity and quality have reduced, which is why we are paying importance to vaccination of all cattle in India…The Union government along with various states is trying everything possible to control (LSD).”





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