JMC launches RFID tagging system for stray, dairy cattle

JMC Mayor alongwith others launching RFID tagging system on Tuesday.
JMC Mayor alongwith others launching RFID tagging system on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 15: Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) today launched the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification System) tagging system for stray and dairy cattle in JMC limits and also imparted awareness to dairy owners for installation of Biogas unit in JMC limits with the assistance of Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Government of India.
The RFID tagging system was launched by Mayor Chander Mohan Gupta in presence of Deputy Mayor Purnima Sharma and Commissioner JMC Pankaj Magotra at JMC Cattle Pound Dogra Hall, Jammu. Dr Akshay Sharma, Councillor of Ward number 8, Rajesh Bittu, Chairperson Goushalla, Amphalla, Ashok Kumar Singhvi, Asstt Director, KVIC Jammu and diary unit owners were also present on the occasion.
During the programme, Dr Zaffar Iqbal, Municipal Veterinary Officer JMC, explained the benefits of RFID tagging system. He gave practical demonstration on RFID tagging of stray/dairy cattles. This RFID is injected under the skin of the cattle and with the help of radio frequency reader the identification of cattle, including its physical features, owner etc will be available to JMC. This system will enable JMC to keep a tab on the stray cattle on road and prevent the theft and smuggling. This system is capable of even recording and providing the information about the vaccination and other medicines given to the animals.
The RFID tagging will also benefit the dairies owners by recording body weight, genetics, body condition of the animals in the RFD data in the associated software. RFID tag has been made mandatory for registration of the dairy units in JMC limits.
On the occasion, information regarding the benefits of the bio-gas plant to the diary owners was given by Assistant Director, KVIC Jammu. He informed that each biogas unit costs Rs 30000-35000 and the owner of the dairy unit is given a subsidy of Rs 13000/- for installing the highly efficient bio-gas unit. Mayor instructed the dairy owners not to pass the cow dung into the drains and install the biogas unit by availing subsidy given by KVIC and also install Vermicompost unit in their premises for converting the cow dung into a resource. The Mayor also launched a biogas unit in JMC stray cattle pound, Dogra Hall.