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Lack of vet docs leaves dairy farmers, shepherds worried

Lack of vet docs leaves dairy farmers, shepherds worried
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The inadequately-staffed Veterinary department in Jogulamaba Gadwal has come as a curse to more than 8 lakh animals in the district. As per the...

Gadwal: The inadequately-staffed Veterinary department in Jogulamaba Gadwal has come as a curse to more than 8 lakh animals in the district. As per the current statistics with the Veterinary department, there are more than 1.50 lakh buffaloes, 4.65 lakh sheep and more than 70,000 goats in the district. Of which, majority of these animals are suffering from one or the other kind of disease.

With the State government already distributing more than 30,000 sheep, the population of the sheep in the district has increased. However, with no veterinary doctors available to treat the diseased sheep, the shepherds in Jogulamba are losing their animals.

“The newly-carved out Jogulamba-Gadwal district has 13 mandals and at present one veterinary doctor is serving in each mandal. However, given the largescale animal population in the district, we need at least two veterinary doctors for every mandal in addition to 2-3 supporting staff under each doctor. We have already sent proposals to the government for filling all the vacant posts. But it is being delayed,” said a senior official in the Veterinary department.

There are two veterinary hospitals in each mandal in the district. However, both the hospitals are managed by only one doctor and 2-3 assistants. Even though there are veterinary clinics in the rural villages, because of staff crunch they are not able to visit the villages regularly for checkups and vaccinations.

The post of Assistant Director of Veterinary department in Alampur mandal is lying vacant for the last two years. Aija, which is the biggest mandal from Alampur constituency, has only one veterinarian for the entire mandal. Because of severe staff crunch, the villages under this mandal are severely affected and hundreds of animals have died due to lack of proper veterinary care.

Recently, a dairy farmer Venkat Ramudu from Alampur mandal lost his two buffaloes which he bought by shelling out Rs 1.20 lakh. “We are facing not only lack of healthcare facilities for our animals, but there are also no proper veterinary doctors available. Because of which, the dairy farmers, shepherds and other cattle rearers are losing their animals,” lamented Venkat Ramudu.

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