Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, has recently launched Livestock Disease Forewarning Mobile Application (LDF-Mobile App), developed by the ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (ICAR-NIVEDI), Bangalore, in New Delhi.
The app will also provide information about clinical samples for the diagnosis in the case of the epidemic so that immediate action can be taken. This app works on all kind of Android smart phones and takes up 2.5 MB space.
At the launch, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh informed that dreaded Rinderpest disease has been eradicated from India and stressed that similar efforts are needed to control and eradicate diseases like FMD, PPR, Brucellosis, CSF, BT, HS etc., which cause huge economic loss annually to the livestock readers and livestock industry as a whole.
Shri Radha Mohan Singh said that to widen its reach, ICAR-NIVEDI developed the app and used Monthly Bulletin system to send out early warning. Shri Singh said the complex statistical algorithm also considers both climatic and non-climatic factors and categorizes districts into Very High Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, Low Risk, Very Low Risk and No Risk for a particular disease so that stakeholders can effectively plan and utilize the available resources. He said that hopefully, this app will be beneficial for the consumers and stakeholders engaged in disease control programmes.
The Union Agriculture Minister also said that ICAR-NIVEDI has identified 13 priority diseases based on their past incidence patterns and has built a strong database of these diseases and has been providing monthly livestock disease alerts to the state and central animal husbandry departments.