The institute formulated, tested and validated the Area Specific Mineral Mixture (ASMM) in a large number of dairy animals of four different regions
The micro/macro minerals’ deficiency and imbalance are some of the important factors responsible for the low reproductive efficiency and health in dairy animals. Required in small quantities as compared to macronutrients, the micronutrients can be more easily supplemented without affecting the existing feeding practice by the farmers.
After conducted comprehensive studies on the mineral status of soil, water feeds and fodder and blood of crossbred dairy animals maintained under the field conditions in all the agro-climatic zones of Karnataka, the ICAR-National Institute of Animal Nutrition and Physiology (ICAR-NIANP), Bengaluru, Karnataka prioritised the most limiting minerals. Based on the information, the institute formulated, tested and validated the Area Specific Mineral Mixture (ASMM) in a large number of dairy animals of four different regions.
As a testimony to this successful technology, after 10 Years of licensing, again Nandi Agrovet, Bengaluru has renewed its agreement. Dr Raghavendra Bhatta, Director, ICAR-NIANP, Bengaluru and Sundar from Nandi Agrovet, Bengaluru signed the agreement on behalf of their respective organisations.
Dr Sudha Mysore, CEO, AgrInnovate was also present during the occasion.
The technology was first commercialised with Karnataka Milk Federation (December 2006), followed by Nandi Agrovet, Bengaluru (April 2011), Vijayaratna Industries, Challakere (October 2019) and Vet Needs Labs, Bengaluru (April 2021). It is widely adopted in all the districts of Karnataka through the State Milk Federation and Animal Husbandry Department. Considering its adoption pattern and benefits accrued, the economic impact of the technology is estimated to be about Rs 400 crores per year.