Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare inaugurates international seminar on Veterinary Ayurveda

 

Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare inaugurates international seminar on Veterinary Ayurveda

 

17 December 2018, Anand: Smt. Krishna Raj, Hon’ble Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Government of India inaugurated the 3rd International Seminar on Veterinary Ayurveda at NDDB’s TK Patel Auditorium, Anand on 17 December 2018. This is part of 8th World Ayurveda Congress organised by the World Ayurveda Foundation, hosted by Govt of Gujarat and supported by the Ministry of Ayush, Govt of India.

Shri Dilip Rath, Chairman, NDDB; Dr C Balachandran, Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Sciences University and Prof Darshan Shankar, Vice Chancellor, The University of Trans-disciplinary Health Sciences & Technology graced the occasion.

Addressing the delegates as the Chief Guest, Smt Krishna Raj, Hon’ble Union Minister said that the cost-efficacy of Ethno Veterinary Medicine (EVM) is in line with the national narrative of doubling farmers’ income. EVM also provides an instant management option to the dairy farmers in remote areas. These formulations are affordable because it is mostly prepared from ingredients usually available in the farmer’s household.

She conveyed that the animal husbandry sector today faces several challenges, especially in terms of better milk quality and drug residues, which are issues of growing concern. The dairy sector needs to gear up very soon to meet the challenges and survive in the growing competitive market. Alternative treatment options like EVM can play an important role in reducing drug usage, especially antibiotics. Reducing antibiotic usage will also go a long way in mitigating the emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) which is a public health concern throughout the world.

She informed that EVM formulations are being popularized by NDDB, thus revitalizing the rich traditional knowledge documented from the healers and assessed with Ayurveda, which have proven safe and efficacious at the field level.

In his address, Shri Dilip Rath, Chairman NDDB said that Ethno-veterinary practices have been used for ages by the dairy farmers in India to manage the common ailments in their livestock. EVM provides a simple, cost-effective, efficacious and environment friendly option to our livestock farmers. EVM is helping the farmers move towards a more profitable, healthy and sustainable dairying model.

Shri Rath said that the EVM concept for management of many ailments in dairy animals is being popularized by NDDB through various milk unions and producer companies in more than 10 States in the country since the last 2 years. Extension material on EVP has been developed in all vernaculars for the benefit of the farmers. The results have been encouraging and the findings of the same have been presented by NDDB in various international conferences. For the EVM concept to sustain in the long run, it is essential to have an uninterrupted supply of these formulations till such time the knowledge transfer to the farmer is more or less complete.

All the stakeholders and policy makers deliberated on the mode of mainstreaming Ethno Veterinary Medicine (EVM) in dairying and its larger role in veterinary science. Prof Darshan Shankar; Dr C Balachandran; Dr AM Thaker, Dean, College of Veterinary Science, Anand Agricultural University; Prof. Punniamurthy, retired prof. of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, TANUVAS, Chennai; Dr Getachew Gebru President, Ethiopian Society of Animal Production, Ethiopia; Dr MNB Nair Emeritus Professor, TDU, Bangalore; Dr Juliet Decaestecker, Integrative Veterinarian, Belgian Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Belgium; Dr Sathesh Kumar, Prof. and Head, Dept. of Veterinary Gynaecology and Obstetrics, TANUVAS, Chennai shared their valuable experiences in EVM.