Radha Mohan Singh, Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, on 26 November 2016 launched e-Pashuhaat portal (www.epashuhaat.gov.in).
It is for the first time in the world that a portal has been specifically developed for connecting breeders and farmers regarding availability of bovine germplasm.
Through the portal breeders and farmers can sell and purchase breeding stock, can garner information on all forms of germplasm including semen, embryos and live animals with all the agencies and stake holders in the country that has been uploaded on the portal.
The portal will also facilitate the farmers about the availability of quality disease free bovine germplasm with different agencies in the country. The portal will lead to propagation of high genetic merit germplasm.
Objectives of the portal
• E-Trading Market portal for livestock germplasm and additional related services.
• Connecting farmers with breeders - Central, State, Co-operative, Milk Federations, and private agencies.
• Real time authentic certified information on availability of germplasm.
India has the largest bovine population in the world. It has 14% of the world cattle population with a population of 199 million cattle. With 105 million buffaloes, it has 53% of the world buffalo population. Of these, 60 million cattle are owned by marginal, small and medium farmer households with an average herd size of 2-3 milch animals.
80% of the Indigenous cattle are non-descript and 20% belong to 37 breeds recognised by National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR).
The Indigenous bovine breeds are sturdy, endowed with the quality of heat tolerance, resistance to diseases and ticks with the ability to thrive under extreme climatic conditions and survive with low inputs.
The portal will help in establishing links between ‘farmer to farmer’ and ‘farmer to institutes’. Therefore, it will minimise the involvement of middlemen and will create a comparative Farm Network that will facilitate farmers to exchange local knowledge and resources.
Who: e-Pashuhaat portal
When: 26 November 2016