1st April 2017,Arugul, Bhubaneswar
Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare inaugurated high containment BSL3Ag laboratory facility here today.
Shri Dharmendra Pradhan,Union Minister of State (IC) of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India, Shri Pradeep Maharathy, Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Empowement, Fisheries & Animal Resources Development, Govt. of Odisha, Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & Director General, ICAR; Shri Dilip Rath, Chairman, NDDB; Shri Sunil Kumar Singh, Additional Secretary & Financial Adviser, DARE/ ICAR; Shri Chhabilendra Roul, Additional Secretary (DARE) & Secretary, ICAR; Dr. H. Rahman, Former Deputy Director General (AS), Dr. J K Jena,Deputy Director General (AS) ICAR, Dr Ashok Kumar,Assistant Director General (AH), ICAR, Dr B. Pattnaik, Project Director, ICAR-DFMD-ICFMD graced the occassion.
Establishment of the International Centre for FMD (ICFMD) with BSL3Ag containment facility will cater to the need of the country for safe handling of FMD virus as per international norms. Further, the laboratory will help in analysing exotic virus strains circulating elsewhere in the world in order to develop preparedness in terms of diagnostics and vaccines in the event of their incursion into the country. The Government of Odisha provided the land, free of cost, for establishment of the facility. This is the leading FMD research institutions, the FAO Collaborating Centres, OIE Reference Laboratories, and also providing various technical and scientific experts on FMD from different parts of the world. This is the first laboratory of its kind in Asia, and not many countries have such a specialized BSL-3Ag laboratory. This prestigious laboratory will remain as a pride for the nation.
One exhibition was also inagurated in which more than 3000 farmer were participated.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Foot and Mouth Disease, Mukteshwar)