KVASU to promote for precision farming
Kochi: At a time when decreasing prodctivity is a major issue affecting dairy sector in the State, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is implementing series of farmer oriented outreach programmes for increasing production and productivity.
According to Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan, Director of Entrepreneurship KVASU, with the advancement of cross breeding programme, size of the animals increased from average 150 kilograms to about 350 Kilograms. This has resulted in higher demand for feed ingredients which alone accounts for more than 70 percent of costs in dairying.
Precision farming involves optimizing the resources of feed, breeds, water, and other inputs for enhanced productivity. It is aimed at supplying the nutrients to the animals matching their requirements to improve not only the animal physiology and health but also the enrichment of their products for the well being of the consumer, he added.
As part of the initiative, KVASU has developed a ration balancing software “Ksheeraprabha” in Malayalam. 'Ksheeraprabhaha' has been given wide publicity among farmers and self-help groups through department of dairy development and milk co-operatives.
University is regularly conducting farmer-scientist interactions across the state to transfer appropriate technologies which can improve productivity in dairying, Sethumadhavan added.