Staff Reporter

To be implemented for maintaining herd immunity

KOLLAM: Following the implementation of the State-wide third phase of the Goraksha scheme from Monday to prevent foot-and-mouth disease among cattle, the Animal Husbandry Department has strengthened vigil at all 18 entry points into Kerala from neighbouring States.

The department's Public Relations Officer, D. Shine Kumar, said that only animals certified disease-free would be allowed entry into the State. He said that animals vaccinated in the State would be issued health cards. Over 12 lakh families owning these animals would benefit from the scheme.

The Goraksha scheme would be continuously implemented for maintaining herd immunity. In the first phase of the scheme, 65.8 per cent of the cattle in the State were covered. During the second phase, 71 per cent were covered. The scheme was being implemented in association with the National Dairy Development Board, Dr. Shine Kumar said.