Kerala to insert microchips containing info on cattle
Kollam: Kerala is mulling over inserting microchips in cattle which stores all information regarding it. This would be an identity document similar to that of Aadhaar cards.
The technical discussions regarding this has been completed. The system will be implemented first in Thiruvananthapuram district and later extended to other districts. The pilot project was implemented in Anikad panchayat in Pathanamthitta earlier.
The project worth Rs 20.8 crore will be implemented and is included in Rebuild Kerala mission.
At present a plastic earring like hanging containing details is attached on cattle while taking vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease. More than 4.8 lakh dairy farmers have been included in this system of geo-mapping.
With the implementation of the new system, 25 lakh more farmers will come under the plan. Details like owner, species, vaccines, insurance, the project in which it was included will be included in the chip. It will be inserted under the skin near ear, on the back of the neck. 4000 chip readers worth Rs 17000 are also bought under the project.
Though the plastic earrings can be cut and removed, to remove the chip, the service of a veterinary doctor is essential. It is expected that the chip would be beneficial during disaster management and to check scams.
The project is expected to be completed in one year.