Kendrapara, July 1 (LocalWire): Nearly 1,44,72 cattle have been tagged with unique identities, similar to the 12-digit Aadhaar number, in order to enhance their safety as well as increase milk production in Kendrapara district.
The ears of the bovines were tagged with UID numbers as part of an ambitious scheme of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) under the Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health (INAPH) project.
“We have fixed the tag to the right ear of the animal and the tag is tamper-proof,” said Prasanna Kumar Patnaik, the Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO) of Kendrapara.
Sheep, goats and pigs will not be tagged. However, we will keep all the details of the animals,” added the CDVO.
The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) has developed a software application called Information Network for Animal Productivity and Health (INAPH) where details about the cattle and buffalos like breed, age, gender, colour, number of calvings, history of disease, vaccination, fertility, deworming, treatment, location, ownership and other details either for an individual animal or for a herd of animals will be recorded.
The UID of cattle and buffaloes will also be linked to the Aadhaar number of its owner.
This would help the authorities to check cattle and buffalo smuggling and also enable the bovine owners to get proper compensation and help during natural disasters like floods or cyclone, added the CDVO.
Individual record of all the vaccinations and other interventions carried out for each animal is also recorded in INAPH with animals’ unique ear-tag numbers and details of its owner, which will further help curb diseases amongst animals like Foot and Mouth disease etc., added the CDVO.
In INAPH dash-board, real-time vaccination data for state-wise, district-wise, Tehsil-wise and village-wise are available online on http://inaph.nddb.coop/, added the CDVO.
Cattle owners welcomed the decision of the government to tag cattle population.