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India Launches Diagnostic Foot and Mouth Disease Kit

16 June 2015

INDIA - A diagnostic foot and mouth disease kit has been launched recently by a state agricultural research body in a bid to safeguard India’s estimated 470 million domestic susceptible livestock.

The Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR) will oversee the release of the DIVA Diagnostic Kit for Foot and Mouth Disease, developed by Arsh Biotech Pvt Ltd.

During the launch Dr. KML Pathak, Deputy Director General (Animal Science), ICAR said, this is the best demonstration of Make in India initiative and the partnership has set a stage for industries and technology developers to exchange skills and knowledge and create business opportunities in animal health sector.

FMD is a major livestock disease of transboundary importance, affecting cloven-hoofed animals including cattle, pigs, goats and sheep.

Estimates put direct economic loss due to FMD in India at around $3.11 billion (Rs. 20,000 crores).  

Due to PPP mode used in the FMD product, it has resulted in the on-time launch of improved kits that contain all the necessary ready to use reagents for detecting Foot and Mouth Disease virus (FMDV).

Present capacity of FMD vaccine is anticipated to be around about 350 million trivalent doses/year.

Jagdish Kumar, Editor

Jagdish Kumar, Editor