Port Blair, June 9: Hump sore caused by a filarial worm is a common problem of cattle in Andaman and Nicobar islands. This disease is chronic in nature and causes loss of milk production. To control the disease, scientists of Animal Science Division, ICAR-CIARI have developed one treatment schedule under the project entitled "Molecular signature of eco-sustainability of indigenous livestock breeds of Andaman and Nicobar islands" through a combination of medicine after conducting trials in organized herd and farmers' field.

To evaluate the results at farmers' field, a group of scientists under the chairmanship of Dr. B. A. Jerard, Director and with the team of Dr. A. Kundu, HOD, Animal Science Division, Scientists of Animal Science Division (Dr. Perumal Ponraj, Dr. S. K. Ravi, Dr. Arun Kumar De, Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya), Dr. S. K. Zamir Ahmed, I/C, Social Science section and Dr. L. B. Singh, I/C, KVK, Port Blair visited the farm of Mr. Anukul Biswas, Humfrigunj, South Andaman. Before the Director, scientists described the procedure of treatment and showed complete recovery of the diseased animal following treatment from 6th of March to 5th of April, 2020. Mr. Biswas, the cattle farmer, expressed happiness that there is total recovery of the animal and milk production has also increased. Dr. B.A. Jerard advised some modifications in terms of antimicrobial therapy, preparation and application of ethno-veterinary products which was noted down by the scientists for further improving the therapy.

Another demonstration on management of hump sore in cattle was made in front of Director, ICAR-CIARI at Port Mort village (Mr. Shardul Singh).  The required medicines were also distributed to the farmers during the demonstration to continue the treatments. This was informed by the scientists of Animal Science Division that more number of animals will be considered for treatment in the mode of Front Line Demonstration (FLD) in collaboration with KVK, Port Blair