The Government Of India has now initiated a mission to fix a tag with a 12-digit number inside the ears of each of cows and buffaloes in the country.
The Narendra Modi government intends to reach out to almost 88 million cows and buffaloes this year. For this, Rs 148 crore has been set aside.
The purpose is to tag and track cattle so that they are vaccinated on time and scientific intervention is made available for better breeding and increasing milk production, doubling income of dairy farmers in the process by 2022.
Nearly one lakh technicians have been armed with 50,000 tablets. Their mission is to affix a polyurethane tag on the ears of the cattle with a tag applicator. The yellow-colored tag is fixed in the centre of the ear lobe. These tags cost Rs 8 apiece and are light weighted.
Once the tag is fixed, the technician will use a tablet to update the number in an online database and also provide the cattle owner with an ‘animal health card’ recording the UID number, owner’s details, status of periodic deworming and vaccinations of the animal as well as breeding details. This will help track the cattle along with all relevant details.