National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) today launched a mobile application that will recommend a balanced diet for cows and buffaloes to help boost dairy farmers' income by raising milk yield and cutting feed cost.
The mobile application, named 'Pashu Poshan', was launched by the Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. The application, which will be available on both web and android platforms, can be accessed by registering on the INAPH portal (http://inaph.nddb.coop).
"This application will benefit dairy farmers across the country. They will get information about balanced ration for their cows and buffaloes through this application," Singh said, adding that the use of this application will boost milk output and income of dairy farmers.
To use this application, the farmer needs to provide complete animal profile, including breed, age, milk production, fat content in milk apart from food items being currently fed to the animal along with the cost in order to formulate the balanced ration formula.
"We have already collected profiles of 6 lakh milch animals in 40,000 villages and recommended farmers about the balanced feed and fodder for their cattle. "This resulted in reducing the feed cost by Rs 5-15 per day per animal and an average increase in milk production by an average 300 ml per animal per day.
Now, we will provide this facility across the country through this mobile app," NDDB Chairman T Nanda Kumar told reporters.
The Minister said India is the largest milk producer in the world, but the biggest challenge for the domestic dairy sector is low productivity of its bovine population as compared to developed countries.