Ethno veterinary medicinal practices in animal health care are both rewarding and efficient.

Farmers need to be sensitised to the potential and utility of the systems, veterinarians stressed at the end of a three-day camp organised by Krishi Vigyan Kendra at Puzhutheri near here on Saturday. NABARD-sponsored event, Capacity Building for Adoption of Technology (CAT) on Promotion of Ethno Veterinary Medicine Practices in Animal Healthcare, was organised in collaboration with Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, Thanjavur. Over 40 participants from farmer clubs in Karur, Tiruchi and Perambalur participated.

The objective was to sensitise the farmers to good animal husbandry practices and to utilisation of low cost first aid options available through use of herbs and other location-specific ethno veterinary practices, according to J.Diraviam, project coordinator, KVK. NABARD assistant general manager A.Parthiban said that NABARD was giving support to KVKs and agricultural universities for conducting such programmes to popularise new technologies among farmers. N.Punniamurthy, professor and head, Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, Thanjavur, spoke on the need for ethno vet medicine, particularly as a first aid measure to reduce the intensity of the disease.