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India develops indigenous bird flu vaccine
posted by admin on 18/07/06

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed an indigenous vaccine

New Delhi, July 16 (PTI): Four months after the outbreak of bird flu in Maharashtra's Nandurbar district, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has developed an indigenous vaccine against the deadly disease.

This was announced by Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar at the 77th annual general meeting of ICAR here today.

Immediately after the outbreak of bird flu in February, which resulted in the death of thousands of birds and culling of more than 10 lakh fowls, the ICAR decided to develop a vaccine and allocated Rs eight crore for it, an ICAR release said.

The Bhopal-based High Security Animal Disease Laboratory produced the vaccine under the guidance of ICAR in a record four months time, it said.

Till now, India was importing the vaccine.

"Viral disease such as avian influenza does not recognise boundaries and the development of indigenous vaccine would go a long way in tackling bird flu effectively.

Since the disease has got recurring possibilty, further research would focus on developing another type of vaccine," the release quoted Director General of ICAR Mangala Rai as saying.

Pawar President of the ICAR Society told the members present that the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP), being launched this month with the World bank assistance envisaging investment of over Rs 1150 crore, would help in achieving increase in farmers' income and ensuring livelihood security.

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