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Kashmiri scientists find cure for foot rot disease
They say HOPE is an acronym for Hold On, Pain Ends. And I believe they say it well and they say it correct. Who would have thought that amid all the protests, agitations, fights and controversies going on in the strife torn Kashmir Valley, the scientists of the Valley will come up with a cure for a disease which was causing the farmers a loss of twenty crore rupees annually. This is a rare feat achieved by the scientists of Kashmir.

Foot rot is a deadly disease that is caused by a bacterium. It affects the foot of the sheep and results in puss formation in their feet with regular bleeding and even nails gouging out of the hooves of the animal. What is even more alarming is that the male sheep are unable to breed in the breeding season if the female sheep is affected by this bacterium. Moreover, affected female sheep reproduce retard offspring.

This disease had really been troubling the farmers of the Valley. It took the scientists a total of six years to come up with a solution for this deadly disease. Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology - Kashmir (SKUAST-K) now has the reputation of hailing a pioneering discovery in the field of farm science.

In Kashmir, the average percentage of sheep population affected by this disease is 13 per cent "Farmers suffer Rs 20 crore annually due to this disease. Farmers sell their sheep and goat at throwaway prices because they are fed up," said Dr Shakeel Ahmad Wani, Director Education SKUAST and head of the team of scientists that developed the vaccine. 

M/s Soft Biotech Private Limited, New Delhi on Wednesday signed the MoA (memorandum of Agreement) with Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology- Kashmir (SKUAST-K) for undertaking the commercial production of foot rot vaccine. I call it the icing on the cake for the hard work that was done. 

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