Unhygienic practices affecting milk production


 Lack of awareness about hygienic practices in dairy production is affecting the output of milk production in the state, Indian council of agriculture research (ICAR) scientists said.
Around 30% of milch animals in the state, especially cows and she-buffaloes could be infected, although there no official survey has been conducted. This brings down the milk production by 20% at the first stage and by 60% at a latter stage if the whole udder is affected.
"When the cow sits on the floor, the bacteria contaminates the animal's udder," Zunzar Dubal, scientist (veterinary public health) ICAR, Goa said.
The use of polluted water and improper washing of the udders can also be factors for the spread of mastitis among milch animals, which makes the udders hard.
The ICAR team created awareness and distributed mastititis detection kits to about 40 farmers at a programme held in Ambaulim, Quepem, recently under the tribal sub plan programme in collaboration with the Goa state cooperative milk producers' union limited, Curti. MLA Rajan Naik was the chief guest and Narendra Pratap Singh, Goa director, ICAR, and other scientists were also present.
The ICAR team of veterinary scientists held an interactive session for the farmers to answer their queries on animal health-related problems. [TOI]