Electronic Livestock Tagging Project to be inaugurated today – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Livestock Minister J Chinchurani will on Monday inaugurate the pilot phase of RFID-based e-health management and animal traceability system under the state government’s e-Samrudha project at Oamallur panchayat in Pathanamthitta district.

e-Samrudha is an IT initiative of the Department of Animal Husbandry which aims at the complete digitization of the Department’s activities and services. Through the RFID project, the department aims to collect data from dairy farmers and livestock.

Project benefits include creation of a digital veterinary database, livestock traceability, improved veterinary service delivery and disease control. Digital University Kerala is the executing agency of the project. The RFID tracking system was developed by the university’s Center for Digital Innovations and Project Development. This is a unique project of its kind implemented in the country. In this context, injectable RFID tags are placed at the base of the cattle’s ear. The tags are biocompatible and therefore cattle can be tagged at the time of birth itself.

Once tagged, RFID can track an animal throughout its life. The agents concerned or the dairy farmers can have access to the information transmitted by the RFID tag of each animal using a card reader or a smartphone application. This enables early detection of outbreaks and preventive actions can be taken quickly.

RFID will also help identify cattle with better immunity and productivity, whose population can then be increased through the process of artificial insemination and thus increase farmers’ incomes. Health and Family Welfare Minister Veena George will preside over the inaugural ceremony. Vice President Chittayam Gopakumar will deliver the keynote address.

The Inaugural Ceremony will be followed by a seminar for departmental staff on the theme “Scope and Reach of e-Samrudha”. The seminar will be led by EG Prem Jain, Co-Head of the Department, and Ajith Kumar, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Digital Innovations and Project Development, Digital University Kerala.

Immunity & productivity

  • Benefits include creation of a digital veterinary database, livestock traceability and disease control
  • The tags are biocompatible and therefore livestock can be tagged at the time of birth itself

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