Fisheries research centre to come up in Vijayawada

December 04, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 24, 2016 01:48 pm IST - VIJAYAWADA:

The State Government is in the process of establishing a Centre for Advanced Research in Fisheries (CARF) in Vijayawada with a project budget of Rs. 25 crore.

It is also looking for ways to revive the Advanced Centre for Livestock Research at Pulivendula in Kadapa district, said Manmohan Singh, principal secretary for animal husbandry and dairy development and vice-chancellor of the Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU). Presently, no significant work is being done at the centre mainly due to the remoteness of the location, he added.

Addressing the three-day Veterinary Pathology Congress – 2015, jointly organised by the Indian Association of Veterinary Pathologists (IAVP) and the NTR College of Veterinary Science (Gannavaram), here on Thursday, Mr. Singh said livestock production was fast transforming into a market-led enterprise with emphasis on efficiency and value addition.

But India suffers a loss of Rs. 200 billion every year due to diseases afflicting livestock. Therefore, veterinary pathology had a crucial role in overcoming this problem as it would aid disease diagnosis, national disease surveillance and development of new treatments.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh is prepared to provide space and facilities for livestock research at CARF and take other steps to maintain the lead Andhra Pradesh has in fisheries, Mr. Singh added.

IAVP president R. Somvanshi stressed the need for veterinary pathologists to spend more time on necropsy examinations and interpretation of slides. “Necropsy and histopathology are gold standards for disease diagnosis and for veterinary pathologists, molecular tools are advanced weapons for rapid and accurate diagnosis,” he said, adding that poultry and toxicopathology were two major areas that require special attention.

IAVP secretary-general B.N. Tripathi said changes in disease patterns, organisms venturing into new landscapes and the increased global movement of animals were major challenges faced by veterinary scientists. A concerted effort has to be made to find effective solutions, he added.

SVVU dean T.S. Chandrasekhar Rao, Prof. Matti Kiupel of the Diagnostic Centre for Population and Animal Health College of Veterinary Medicine of Michigan State University and others spoke.

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