Ludhiana; Parasites are a major cause of diseases in animals leading to production losses in the livestock sector that frequently results in significant economic loss and impact on the animal welfare. Keeping this issue in view, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, (GADVASU) Ludhiana, is going to organize ‘Animal Parasite Awareness Week’ from 23-27 August, 2021.
Dr. L. D. Singla, Head, Department of Veterinary Parasitology revealed that control measures employed to combat parasitic diseases are costly, often time-consuming and more importantly may result in development of resistance to the drugs used to control them. He informed that many of the farmers are not even aware of the impact of parasitic diseases on the dairy sector and the hot-spots of the year during which the infections/infestations flare up and cause damage. All these circumstances frequently lead to huge economic losses in terms of mortality, lower production and even reproductive failures.
He informed that during this awareness week, specific articles, news stories on management and control of parasitic infections will be published in newspapers. Special Radio/ TV Talks by university experts will also be aired during this week to create awareness regarding the importance of parasitic diseases in livestock rearing. A workshop will also be organized at the campus as well as at outstations for farmers, scientists, veterinary officers, extension specialists and students.
Dr Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor of the University said that this programme will certainly create awareness among livestock farmers, veterinarians and extension personnels regarding the negative impact of parasitic infections on livestock sector and measures to mitigate them using holistic integrated approach. This will further help in getting maximum profitability from the livestock with minimal use of chemicals.