Convergence of Multi-Stakeholders for Prevention and Control of Sub-Clinical Mastitis (SCM) In Dairy Animals
The convergence of multi-stakeholders, aimed at promoting integrated and participatory extension approaches, can achieve prevention and control of sub-clinical mastitis in dairy animals. Dr Prakashkumar Rathod and Dr K C Veeranna, share their experiences with convergence based on the Sujala-III project implementation in Karnataka (India).
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It is a very good effort by authors in getting all the key stakeholders in dairy development on a common platform to address mastitis, an ailment which is responsible for incurring huge losses to the dairy farmers. The only point of worry is its sustainability after the project is withdrawn. The dairy farmers do not adopt preventive practices like vaccinations, deworming, clean milk production (CMP) practices ( mastitis prevention ) for the simple reason their results are not easily observable and take long time to show the direct impact. The efforts of various organisations in getting the CMP adopted by the Dairy farmers did not succeed because the milk is tested and payment is made on the basis of Fat and SNF but not on the somatic cell count or bacterial quality. The Dairy Coop Society being an important stakeholder and beneficiary must encourage dairy farmers to follow CMP by giving some incentives like collecting the milk of these producers separately, supply of diagnostic kits, cattle feed, Area Specific Mineral Mixture etc. As the dairy farmers are not getting any additional income for supplying good quality milk , they hesitate to practice CMP practices which cost them additional labour and inputs. The dairy farmers may not see the benefits of preventing mastitis. Research is yet to come out with a easy and fast method to evaluate the bacterial quality of milk. Congratulations to Drs. Prakashkumar and Veeranna for taking up such a difficult and important field problem.