This study emphasizes the critical importance of addressing the issue of Newcastle Disease (ND) vaccines for backyard poultry birds in India. Vaccination will potentially reduce mortality leading to higher incomes for the economically vulnerable masses along with enhancing child nutrition in India’s poorest households. A very important finding from the study is that all the stakeholders are keenly interested in enhancing coverage of ND vaccine for the backyard poultry, which is a very positive sign for initiating action on this front. The major challenges in enhancing coverage of vaccines in backyard poultry are: lack of information about diseases, lack of service providers, inadequate infrastructure for maintaining cold chain in rural areas and non-availability of vaccines in these areas. Combined effort by all stakeholders is critical to overcome these challenges.
Mehta, M.P.; Kaur, R. Approaches to Meet the Demand for Newcastle Disease Vaccine for Backyard Poultry Sector in India. (2011) 80 pp.