Andhra Pradesh

Water usage in animal systemway too high, says ICAR chief

‘Study from all angles, suitable intervention need of the hour’

It requires 15,450, 8,763 and 5,988 litres of water respectively to produce just one kg of bovine meat, mutton and pig meat. The paddy and sugarcane crops ‘guzzle’ up 2,000 litres to produce one kg of rice and sugar.

Trilochan Mohapatra, Director-General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the highest policy-making body on agrarian issues in the country, urged the fraternity to work towards achieving higher productivity and better water efficiency. Speaking at the national conference titled ‘Issues and strategies for physiological capacity building in animals,’ conducted concurrently with the second annual meeting of the Animal Physiologists Association (APA) at the Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU) here on Monday, Dr. Mohapatra said the animal system was grossly inefficient and hence required suitable intervention, as the preference for non-vegetarian food was growing across the country.

He cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarion call to achieve ‘More crop per drop’ and the need for the scientists to work towards achieving the goal, both for the benefit of the farming community as well as the environment. A thorough study of the physiology, biochemistry and genetics of animals, akin to the case of plants, and suitable intervention wherever required would go a long way in bringing down water usage.

Reduction of footprint

“Apart from ensuring reduction of ‘water footprint’ on food, scientists should also work towards achieving higher grain yield per hectare with lower fertilizer use,” he said.

Vice-Chancellors R.K. Singh (Indian Veterinary Research Institute, Izatnagar) and Y. Hari Babu (SVVU Tirupati) aired similar views and sought steps to tackle the rising temperature and green house gases. APA president G.Taru Sharma and general secretary V.P. Maurya spoke, and SVVU Dean (faculty of veterinary science) T.S. Chandrasekhara Rao presided over the conference. \

Associate dean K. Nalini Kumari and organising secretary B. Rambabu Naik were among the participants.

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