Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying Parshottam Rupala inaugurated 29 Mobile Veterinary Units (MVU) and a Centralized call center in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a major step for benefit of the livestock farmers in Kerala.
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Parshottam Rupala highlighted that the intervention will encourage the dairy farmers to rear highly productive dairy animals as most of the breeders are reluctant to take their livestock to a Veterinary Hospital for treatment and usually end up calling quacks for doorstep delivery of services.
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Parshottam Rupala Inaugurates 29 Mobile Veterinary Units and Call Centres – Key Points
- The Minister noted that the scheme is promising and will transform the dairy sector from a subsistence-based farm livelihood to a commercially viable enterprise by giving gainful employment to the youth of Kerala.
- These MVUs will be operated through a centralized call center with a uniform helpline No. 1962.
- They will receive calls from livestock rearers or animal owners and veterinarians will prioritize all cases based on the emergency nature.
- It will transmit them to the nearest MVU for attending at the farmer’s doorstep.
- Kerala is deploying 50 MVUs in different districts.
- These vehicles are equipped with state of art diagnostic tools, animal treatment and breeding accessories, audio-visual aids, and necessary medications.
- MVUs will provide diagnosis treatment, vaccination, artificial Insemination, minor surgical interventions, audio-visual aids, and extension services to animal owners at the doorstep in far-flung areas.
- The inaugural event was felicitated by Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan, Kerala, Ministry of Animal Husbandry Mrs. J Chinchu Rani, Binoy Viswam MP.