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Village level outreach program on Mastitis screening of cattle at farmers doorstep under MeitY funded project



ICAR-National Dairy Research Institute-Eastern Regional station, Kalyani organized an animal health cum vaccination camp in collaboration with Development of Advanced Computing C-DAC, Kolkata and Indian Institute of Technology , Kharagpur at Dakhshin Chandamari village of Nadia District, West Bengal on 26-06-2023 under the projects entitled Electronic Platform to Monitor Cattle Health and Milk Quality (MeitY under AgriEnICS Program) and SCSP project of NDRI, Kalyani. Nadia. Under this programme, Dr. Ajoy Mandal, Principal Scientist and CCPI of MeitY project, Dr. C. Bhakat, Principal Scientist, Dr. M. Karunakaran, Dr. Asif Mohammad, Senior Scientist and Dr. S. Dutta, CTO of ICAR-NDRI, ERS, Kalyani and Mr. Avijit Mondal from IIT Kharagpur had participated. A total of 24 farmers from Dakhshin Chandamari village have participated in this camp. At the outset, Dr. Ajoy Mandal welcomed all the experts and farmers and informed about the collaborative project on animal disease monitoring and milk quality by NDRI Kalyani, CDAC Kolkata and IIT Kharagpur. Dr. C. Bhakat explained the causes of mastitis, its impact on milk production, control and prevention measures at village level. Dr. M. Karunakaran explained the importance of feeding bypass fat to animals and timely breeding of dairy cows to improve milk production in dairy cows and for profitable dairy farming. Dr. Dutta have demonstrated the California Mastitis Test for screening of mastitis milk. The team conducted the door to door screening of mastitis in dairy cows and treated the affected animals. Inputs such as bypass fat, dewormer, vitamin and mineral mixture supplements were distributed to the beneficiaries. Mr. Avijit. Ghosh from IIT, Kharagpur, displayed the Mastitis detection prototype developed by IIT, Kharagpur and tested the milk samples at farmers doorstep using this mastitis detection prototype and 20 milk samples were tested on spot and 60 percent samples showed positive result using this prototypes. All the participating farmers expressed their keenness as well as happiness in participating in the sensor based mastitis screening of animals at their doorsteps.

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