SRINAGAR — Amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Kashmir, an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in domestic animals has caused widespread panic in the valley.
People from different areas of Kashmir have said that owing to the disease, they have lost their cattle which were their only source of income.
Ghulam Mohiuddin, a resident of Pulwama, said that he lost his cow after it suffered from the disease.
“I spent nearly six thousand rupees on medicines for the cow, but it could not recover and eventually died,” he said.
He said that many people in the area also lost their cows to the disease.
Farmers demanded the government should provide compensation to families who have lost their domestic animals in this pandemic situation.
Meanwhile, top officials of the Animal Husbandry Department said that so far around 12,500 cases of FMD have been reported in Kashmir division since the outbreak of the disease earlier this year.
Of 12,500, more than 11,000 animals have recovered after they were treated by the officials of the department.
Officials said that the mortality rate is just around four per cent and it is generally the young animals that die, while elder ones mostly recover.
They also said that around 500 awareness camps were organised by the department in Kashmir valley to educate the people to avoid the spread of the disease.
Officials also urged people to avoid sending their domestic animals for grazing in areas where this disease has already affected animals.
“In case any domestic animal is facing any kind of illness, people can easily contact the nearest Animal Husbandry centre and, within no time, officials will reach the doorstep to treat them,” they said.
“There is no dearth of vaccines in Kashmir and around four lakh more vaccines have been procured,” officials said, adding that deworming process has been started as of now so that vaccines will be more effective.