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Over 90 lakh cattle in Madhya Pradesh to get unique identification numbers

MP would be first in country to start work on pilot project of the Centre-sponsored scheme

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

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Over 90 lakh cattle in are set to get their own Aadhar-like unique identification numbers.

The state would be the first in the country to start work on a pilot project of this Centrally-sponsored scheme.

"Over 90 lakh dairy animals in are to be tagged with a 12-digit Unique Identification (UID) number under the Centre-sponsored Mission on Bovine Productivity. The work is underway across the state on a pilot basis," said Dr HBS Bhadoria, Managing Director of Rajya Pashudhan Evam Kukkut Vikas Nigam (MP State Livestock and Poultry Development Corporation).

"After obtaining information about the animal in a prescribed form, it would be uploaded through a software (in online database). The target is to put UID tags on 7.5 lakh cattle per month. As many as 1,085 cattle have already been tagged in Malwa region," he said.

A yellow tag bearing UID number would be tied to the animal's ear. Some 3,600 employees of the Animal Husbandry Department would do this job.

By official estimate, there are 54 lakh cows along with other milch animals in Madhya Pradesh.

Through the UID number, information such as the animal's date of birth, location, milk yield, reproductive details and health data would become accessible online.

It will also help keep a check on illegal slaughter and transportation of animals, said an official.

Gujarat-based Dairy Development Board is the nodal agency for the project.

First Published: Fri, September 01 2017. 21:54 IST