EthnoVeterinary Medicines are cost effective option for Livestock Treatment: Krishna Raj

Pashu Sandesh, 19th December 2018

Third international seminar on 'Veterinary Ayurveda' organised by the National Diary Development Board (NDDB) at Anand Gujarat on 17th December. The seminar is part of the eighth World Ayurveda Congress, organised by the World Ayurveda Foundation. MoS for Agriculture and Farmer Welfare GOI, Krishna Raj inaugurated the seminar which was attended by NDDB Chairman Dilip Rath, Officials ,Veterinary Doctors and progressive Farmers.

Krishna Raj while addressing the gathering urged the Farmers to use the Ethno Veterinary Medicines for the treatment of their Livestock since these medicine are not only effective but cheaper too. She also called upon dairy farmers to reduce using antibiotics to treat illness in cattle as it can go a long way to mitigate the rising risk of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) in livestocks. Ethno Veterinary Medicines are popularised by the NDDB has proven effective in various clinical trials involving Dairy Animals. Amidst the growing concern of adulteration of the Milk with the Veterinary Medicines, minister stressed that the Ayurvedic Medicine could prove boon in this regard. She also said that she said the cost-efficacy of ethno veterinary medicines is in line with the national narrative of doubling farmers' income as these formulations are affordable because they are prepared from ingredients available in a farmer's household.

Addressing the gathering, NDDB chairman Dilip Rath said ethno-veterinary medicines have been used for ages by dairy farmers to manage common ailments in their livestocks as these formulations are simple, cost-effective, efficacious and environment-friendly options.He said for these ayurveda formulations to sustain in the long-run it is essential to have adequate supply till such time the knowledge transfer to the farmer is more or less complete.

For the knowledge of our readers  Ethno Veterinary Medicine is defined asThe holistic, interdisciplinary study of local knowledge and its associated skills, practices, beliefs, practitioners, and social structures pertaining to the healthcare and healthful husbandry of food, work, and other income-producing animals, always with an eye to practical development applications within livestock production and livelihood systems, and with the ultimate goal of increasing human well-being via increased benefits from stock-raising.