MoU signed for commercial production of indigenously developed vaccine ‘Lumpi-ProVac’

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An MoU for the production of Goat Pox Vaccine and “Lumpi-Provac” vaccine was signed in Nagpur on December 29, 2022 in the presence of Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, Parshottam Rupala and Chief Minister of Maharashtra Eknath Shinde.

Important facts

  • Rupala praised the commendable effort put forth by ICAR in developing indigenous vaccine Lumpi-ProVac for LSD.

  • Lumpi-ProVaccine is used for the prophylactic immunization of animals against Lumpy Skin Disease.

  • The vaccine technology will meet the standard of the market and significantly provide a defence mechanism to control the devastating lumpy skin disease.

  • Goat pox vaccine is currently used to control lumpy Skin Disease in livestock and has been shown to be effective against lumpy.

  • Union Minister Rupala further highlighted the relevance of the technology and requested the IVBP, Pune to start manufacturing the vaccine at a large scale without any delay. 

  • National Centre for Veterinary Type Culture, ICAR-National Research Centre on Equines (ICAR-NRCE), Hisar (Haryana), in collaboration with ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI), Izatnagar (UP) developed a homologous live-attenuated LSD vaccine, named Lumpi-ProVacInd.

  • Agrinnovate India Limited  (AgIn), the commercial arm of DARE, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, granted  “Non-Exclusive Rights” for Commercial production of “Lumpi-ProVac”, to Institute of Veterinary Biological Products (IVBP) , Pune.

Lumpy Skin Disease

  • It is caused by infection of cattle or  buffalo with the poxvirus Lumpy skin disease virus (LSDV).

  • The virus is one of three closely related species of the genus Capripoxavirus.

  • The other two species are Sheeppox virus and Goatpox virus.

  • Due to its infectious nature and its impact on the economy, the World Organization for Animal Health (WOIE) has declared it a notable disease.

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