The government has decided to impose a ban on cattle and meat products from other States to curb the spread of foot-and-mouth disease in the State, Minister for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry K.P. Mohanan said on Wednesday.

Mr.Mohanan told reporters here on Wednesday that the ban had been enforced at check-posts and District Collectors directed to maintain vigil against herding cattle through alternative routes and byroads.

There was no ban on carting poultry and milk products. The ban would be in force till the situation came under control and enforced with the cooperation of other departments.

Since the outbreak of the disease, there was a shortfall of 63,53,200 litres in milk production and the loss in this score had been put at Rs.1,780.90 lakh. The disease had claimed 1,363 heads of cattle.

Though it had spread across the State, Kollam and Palakkad districts were the worst affected. After sealing the entry points, preventive measures would be initiated by the Animal Husbandry Department within 10 days and then the situation would be reviewed. A taskforce had been constituted to handle exigencies.

Owners of dead animals would be given a compensation of Rs.20,000 each and those affected by the disease would be given four bags of cattle feed free per animal.