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Role of Social and new media in Dairy sector-Prospects and Challenges

Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan


How does news media coverage influence Sustainable dairying and One Health issues?
Online campaigns are likely to be most effective if the messages are tailored to the needs of the stakeholders. Designing effective campaigns involve careful study of the target population and working with them using a community-based participatory research and knowledge transfer model. Developing livestock based social media campaigns will ensure livestock based messages to reach the target audience and even more importantly, appeal to them. The media is one of the powerful tools that gives information about facts, the talk about, the latest news and concerns while every people listens to them. For example if the media reveals a news about a certain food product that is dangerous for health the people will not buy that food product anymore to ensure the safety of their family and trust the media. Print, Web and electronic media (Telecast and Broadcast media) have a major role in creating awareness on food safety issues among the public. Telecast and new media has a major role in bringing the news story among the stakeholders.
India's food safety record may actually be much better than it once was, largely because there is a growing awareness of the issue. Indians are becoming more safety conscious thanks to higher literacy rates, clear food packaging and a modernizing retail sector. An explosion in 24-hour TV news channels in the past decade means coverage of safety scandals can run for days. Surveys indicate that the social media plays a key role in knowledge transfer among the growing population. Social, mobile, cloud and analytics are emerging as the biggest domains under internet of things. ICT deliverables are emerging as efficient tools for creating awareness among the potential stakeholders. YouTube videos can be shared via Face book, Twitter, and many other social networking sites. Common forms of social media that can be used to promote nutrition and food safety include Video-sharing. (YouTube and Video), Presentation-sharing (Slide share), Micro blogging or short bursts of information (Twitter), Photo sharing (Flickr), Social networking (Face book), Professional networks (LinkedIn) and Blogs.
Media strategies for promoting animal husbandry should follow the five inviolable principles of journalism like truth and accuracy, independence, farness and impartiality and humanity and accountability. Veterinarians can play a key role in promotion of Animal husbandry practices through the media. Identification of appropriate content and designing for the stake holders is an important task. This need to be done based on SWOT analysis of the targeted audience/readers. Print, electronic and web media are regularly publishing/broad casting/telecasting/podcasting programmes on livestock, food safety and public health issues. Veterinarians can regularly provide the content in the form of news articles, features, success stories and illustration. It should take in to account the timeliness, reliability and relevancy and the season. Across the world technology enabled courses are emerging under different modes like AVIEW, MOOC or EdX. They are offering move on to open online courses which can strategically create awareness among Veterinarians, Scientists, health professional and media workers.
Media sensitization can be done in different ways. Initially it should aim to create awareness among the potential/ proposed resource persons so as to create a resource pool of trainers. Then it is easy to percolate among the public. Representatives of local self governments, women self help group members, NGOs and progressive leaders/farmers/opinion leaders need to provide with awareness programme based on the severity of the issues. Scientific content should be administered among the policy makers for funding and technical support. Media awareness should consider the geographical peculiarities before devising appropriate programmes. Only mass media approach can solve one health issues very effectively in the Country. Moreover demographic dividend is a basic advantage as far as India is concerned where more than 51 percent population is below 26 years age. They are the potential users of Social media. Today youth is emerging as creators of job rather than seekers of job. The National dream is clean air, clean water and clean India. Now the trend is more towards intelligent enterprise, smart system, machine learning and huge data. Digital led innovations are emerging as potential areas having wide applications when India is promoting the initiative of Digital India. Consumer friendly ICT deliverables are important and need for the hour.In India services sector super cedes all other sectors. Now there are no services available in India without ICT or online. Two Billion people in the world are using internet. One Billion people are regularly browsing Face book Power of innovation is getting changed day by day. In a minute 38000 photos will be uploaded in Face book with31 lakh likes. This itself shows the role of media in the digital world.
10 tips on using social media:
• Know your purpose.
• Listen and engage in conversation.
• Participate in the community.
• Always take the high road.
• Follow the leaders.
• Converse from an agricultural perspective.
• Monitor trends and thought patterns.
• Share best practices.
• Get answers to problems.
• Have fun.
In the changing scenario of India where food security issues are emerging agricultural, dairying and allied sectors need to be changed in tune with the consumer preferences. Agriculture sector is moving from Agriculture to Agribusiness. Services sector in Agriculture sector s acquiring momentum across the country.
Major issues affecting food security in agriculture and livestock sector are decreasing productivity. Interventions in breeding, feeding, management, disease control and marketing can improve productivity and thereby increase production.
Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University implemented some of the novel projects in the State of Kerala with the objective of increasing productivity from livestock. These projects can be scaled up at the National level.
1. E Vetconnect- It is a24X7 Veterinary connectivity services with the use of Information and communication technology. This include 24x7 Advisory call centres, Emergency veterinary services at the door steps of the farmer, knowledge management portal, disease forecasting system, knowledge transfer, hospital management system and information system called Vetipedia. Basic unit for implementation is at the level of assembly constituencies. In Kerala project is very successful in Thrissur, Ollur and Kalpetta assembly constituencies of Kerala, India where the project launched initially. It facilitates better veterinary services and knowledge transfer and extension system for the farmers, unemployed youths, entrepreneurs, women and animal keepers. This can be scaled up at the National level.
2. Start up village- Start up village is the project at Village level where agriculture, Animal husbandry and fisheries sectors can be integrate for producing safe to eat vegetables, grains and pulses, milk, meat, egg and fish for the consumers
3. Productivity enhancement programme- It is a state wide programme for increasing productivity from dairy sector. It is a technology transfer programme at the block level. It can be linked with NADRS portal. Scientists and extension workers will address the farmers issues
4. Promotion of entrepreneurship- Entrepreneurship development programmes were implemented with entrepreneur-scientist-industry-banker interface. It can be scaled up across the country.
5. Student Entrepreneurship- Student entrepreneurship in the areas of agribusiness and e commerce related to agriculture and allied sectors can be promoted through college campuses.
6. Precision livestock farming- Precision livestock farming in dairy and poultry sector will improve production and productivity
7. Documentation of successful models- Documentation of successful models in livestock sector will attracts lot of unemployed youths to venture in to agriculture.
8. Women empowerment through Self help groups- producer companies can be developed for the SHG based commodity interest groups.
9. Conceptual model for Knowledge dissemination- University devised a concept model for Knowledge dissemination at the Grama Panchayat-Village level

E VETCONNECT Project
Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is providing clinical services to the farmers and imparts clinical teaching to undergraduates through Veterinary Hospital based at Mannuthy, Kokkalai (Thrissur) and Pookode and Meenangadi (Waynad). Moreover Veterinary services are also provided by the Veterinary hospitals attached to State Animal Husbandry department during the working time of these institutions. In spite of this, there is increasing demand from owners of large and small ruminants, pet animals in the State for clinical services and advisories since they could not reach the experts timely in emergency situations. More over facilities for availing the services of experts after normal working hours are less when compared to human health care system. In many occasions the farmers find it very difficult to reach an expert for emergency Veterinary care and treatment at their door step immediately in crisis.
Taking in to consideration the need of Veterinary Care, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University developed a unique model for Veterinary connectivity across the State namely KVASU e Vet Connect using ICT applications which can be extended to the country in future. KVASU e Vet connect include Vet Connect software for KVASU hospitals, e Vet connect centres, Mobile Veterinary services with mobile tracking system, advisory call centres and CRM, e Vet connect knowledge portal, Vetipedia, disease information System,etc KVASU e Vet Connect will provide 24X7 Service for the livestock owners, pet owners and other stake holders. Moreover it will help to facilitate employment avenues for KVASU’s Veterinary graduates and diploma holders. Initially it has been suggested to establish E-Vet Connect services at three assembly constituencies level@ Ollur, Thrissur and Kalpetta. Keltron in collaboration with Expedian Solution has already prepared IUMS software for the University. e Vet Connect System has Vet Connect software for KVASU hospitals, e Vet connect centres, Mobile Veterinary services with mobile tracking system, advisory call centres, e Vet connect knowledge portal, Vetipedia and disease information System,
Objectives
• Provide 24X7 veterinary services for the livestock, pet owners and other stake holders across the State
• To develop a unique model for Veterinary connectivity across the State namely KVASU e Vet Connect using ICT applications which can be extended to the country in future.
• To facilitate employment avenues for KVASU’s Veterinary graduates and diploma holders
• Disseminate information on the latest clinical case and management to students of veterinary Science
• Modernize hospital information system with data on disease, epidemiology, treatment and control measures etc.
• To provide appropriate information through advisory call centres and customer relation management
Methodology
KVASU e Vet connect include Vet Connect software for KVASU hospitals, e Vet connect centres, Mobile Veterinary services with mobile tracking system, advisory call centres and CRM, e Vet connect knowledge portal, Vetipedia, Disease information System,etc
Advisory call centres will function 24X7 while emergency Veterinary Services will be available from 4PM to 12 PM. The project envisages to provide round the clock Veterinary services.
Location
Initially it is proposed to establish e-Vet Connect services at three assembly constituencies level@ Ollur, Thrissur and Kalpetta, Kerala, India where the hospitals of KVASU are extending clinical services as part of phase.
Institutional support required to integrate small farmers for livestock commodity value chain-a Case Study
Recent reports reveal that in the globalised era farming will move towards meat and milk production from traditional rice and grain agriculture in line with the changing consumer tastes. The joint report by Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome and the Paris based organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) of 34 leading world economies contained price and production forecasts to 2023 revealed that world meat production will have gone up by 58 million tones with developing countries making up 80 percent of increase. Report highlights that livestock production is projected to grow at higher rates than crop production. Moreover animal protein sources are easiest way through which protein malnutrition can be corrected easily. Since the commodity value of livestock products are high when compared to agriculture commodities in the coming years livestock products will the focus area for augmenting GDP in Agriculture sector. So institutional support are required for increasing production, productivity, food security, food safety, knowledge dissemination and services to achieve these objectives.
Background
Livestock sector plays an important role in rural livelihood, employment and income generation. Major livestock products like milk and milk products, meat and eggs contribute around one-sixth of the calories and one-third of the proteins in the per capita food supplies of the world; Per capita consumption of livestock products is four to five times higher in developed countries than in developing countries. India’s 530 million livestock forms 12 % of the world livestock population. Per capita milk availability is 282 gms per day which is above ICMR recommendations. Poultry meat and egg production are moving at a faster rate. Per capita egg consumption is 54 eggs per annum.
Increase in cost of production reduces the profit margin. Animal husbandry is the second largest economic activity of rural India. In Arid and semi arid regions, livestock sector ranks first in earnings to skilled, semi skilled and unskilled populations. Animal husbandry is a growth engine and annual growth rate in dairying is 5 % and in poultry it is 10% and will alleviate rural poverty and uplift the rural farmer. If the country has to sustain economically, livestock sector has to be strengthened. The availability of per capita animal protein is 10.8g whereas the requirement as per world average is 25g. National sample survey reports that 70-75% of their food budget is for milk and milk products. The need of the hour is increase in production, productivity and improvement in the marketing channel. In the case of failure in agriculture, livestock sector forms the source of income and gives insurance to any intervals of agriculture failure. With regard to production and consumption of milk, it is a golden era in the dairy sector. Organized sector grows more than 10% per annum. Milk production is increasing in Asia and India and increasing prices are favorable to developing countries. International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN), Germany reported that India has lowest cost of milk production when compared to developed countries.
Productivity and Quality
According to recent reports 70% of Indian cows and 60% buffaloes have very low productivity. Average milk yield from local cows is about 3 to 3.5liters, of buffalo 3.96 to 5.39liters and of cross bred cow between 5.82 to 7.80 liters per day which is significantly lower than the productivity in developed countries. According to the Economic Survey, productivity in agriculture sector is far below global standards; India has around 300 million numbers of cows and buffalos in dairy production and is the global leader in milk production: about 135 million tones a year. But productivity per cattle is comparatively less. The best run farms in the world produce 1.6 kg of milk for every kg of feed, in India it's less than a kg. Scientific breeding, feeding and management practices along with quality inputs and extension support services are required for achieving better productivity. There exists a wide deficit in the supply of feeds and fodders countrywide. Strategic programmes are required for reaching out among small holder population for facilitating technology transfer and extension support.
Demand-Supply mismatch
Among various livestock products, there exists a huge gap between production and consumption. While buffalo meat is the major item of Indian meat export, accounting for 59%, share of Indian meat in the world market is less than two per cent. Linking quality production of livestock products with lucrative incentives and popularization of traditional products technology can facilitate quantum jump in this industry. Since meat sector provides livelihood to 40 million people, most meats sold in the domestic market needs proper sanitary inspection by the veterinarians. This sector need total restructuring in tune with food safety and standards act 2006 to provide quality meat and meat products to the consumers. Divisibility, value addition and export of meat and meat products need to be strengthened for generating more employment as well as trade benefits. With improved domestic production and marketing efficiency, better access to expanding global market, India has the potential to become more competitive in the export of milk and milk products. Indigenous milk products have great potential which are becoming more popular with the ethnic population spread all over the world. Indian dairy industry needs appropriate production, marketing, trade policy and its periodic revival to keep the pace with the rest of the world and remain competitive to grab opportunities through international trade.

In majority of livestock production enterprises emphasis was given to production aspects like Scientific breeding, feeding, management and disease control but the marketing of the livestock products were not given due attention. When the issue of sustainability in the production of livestock enterprise arises the marketing cannot be treated as a separate entity which is an integral component of the production activity. Livestock products, with the exception of around 18 % of the milk, produced are mainly marketed through unorganized sector which results in non-remunerative price to the producer and unreasonably cost to the consumer. In order to explore the rural market for livestock products, production strategy must be oriented towards marketing of the produce. It should be regulated with local, regional and international market while producing the commodity. Production of traditional livestock products, which fetches good price, should be promoted by exhibiting its inherent strengths and proper branding strategies. Changes in the extension approaches, market forecasting system, value addition, awareness on diseases affecting trade of livestock products, changes in the consumer behavior, production of livestock products based on the demographic characteristics of the population, good manufacturing and retail practices, best production practices and implementation of food safety norms, branding, etc need to be given more importance. One needs to redefine the role of marketing as creating, communicating and delivering value to the consumer. Hence addition of value to the livestock products should be based on consumer needs, taste and preferences like fat free milk for cardiac patients, chocolates for children, quality cheese while considering for international market, etc.
Institutional support- A case study from Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University
Taking into account the importance of market led production including online agriculture marketing and National Common Agriculture marketing, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University(KVASU) a State University based at Pookode, Wayanad in Kerala (www.kvasu.ac.in) identified key areas of institutional support required to integrate small farmers to a given agri commodity value. University is in the process of establishing appropriate projects related to services, marketing, food safety and knowledge dissemination to achieve the same.
Conceptual model for knowledge dissemination, SHG & Women empowerment
Recently more number of women self help groups are interested to undertake livestock production as one of their livelihood options. There exists a knowledge gap among women SHGs in the areas of scientific livestock rearing practices in scientific breeding, selection of animals, housing, feeding, management, disease control, value addition and marketing of milk and milk products. Interventions, which will help to fill the above knowledge gap is the need of the hour. As far as Women SHGs are concerned they are interested to adopt sustainable and affordable technologies that are available within their limits.
Farm publications, Television, Radio, Web media and newspapers play a key role in the transfer of appropriate technologies to livestock farmers. If properly utilized, they can also influence farmers in the adoption stage and will reduce the technological gap. Directorate of Entrepreneurship of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University developed a concept model for knowledge dissemination among livestock based women Self help groups to identify different pathways for knowledge transfer, existing level of livestock information gained by the farmers, Level of knowledge required for sustainable results and Level of existing knowledge gap. Major extension agencies involved in knowledge dissemination among livestock based self help groups are Veterinary institutions followed by Dairy Co-operatives and Dairy extension offices. With respect to dairying Dairy co-operatives are providing information on day to day basis. Analysis of respondents of dairy farming showed that farmers had high level of knowledge on Mastitis, Veterinary care and disease control measures since the diseases like mastitis having direct impact on quality of milk and sustainability in dairying. Research findings revealed that high to moderate level of knowledge were required in livestock farming for adopting scientific breeding, management and marketing measures. Mass media like Television, Radio, Social media, etc may be effectively used for the dissemination of newer technologies.
University identified the knowledge gap among commodity based livestock self help groups and devised a conceptual model for knowledge dissemination at the Grama panchayat level. KVASU is in collaboration with Worldwide Universities Net work and Global innovative initiatives are involved in implementing sustainable livestock farming practices.
24X7 Veterinary Services
Scientific livestock production can only be achieved through scientific breeding, feeding, management, disease control and marketing. University is in the process of implementing an ICT based deliverables for the Stakeholders. The project named e Vetconnect is involved in providing 24X7 Veterinary Services across the State including emergency veterinary services. E vet connect has advisory call centres, ambulatory services, knowledge portal, vetipedia, disease forecasting system, fodder management system and hospital management system.
Startups in livestock sector
This will pave way for augmenting livestock production. University is implementing startup project in livestock production through integrating Vegetable, dairying, Poultry production and fisheries sector. The objective of the project is to deliver safe to eat agri and allied products at a premium price. A separate farm portal www.kasavu.in has been devised for this. University is pursuing further for developing a new delivery model for providing livestock products and services at the doorsteps.
Entrepreneurship
In order to promote Entrepreneurship University has a Directorate of entrepreneurship giving due importance to student entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship development programmes and technology business incubation. University is in the process of implementing innovation incubation project through startups. The desire for innovation in India has been driven by search for low cost solutions to public problems. Innovation is the application of new ideas to solve problems with resultant benefits to different stakeholders. Through innovation incubation, students can become employers rather than employees. Accelerating entrepreneurship and creating business are crucial for massive employment generation. Government of India is promoting start ups to scale up startup ecosystem in the country. There are 300 Government sponsored incubators in India sponsored by educational institutions. These incubation centres will convert the innovations in to viable products. Opportunity for startups was unparalled especially in the IT sector because cloud and mobile technologies have reduced the cost of doing business. Innovation in startup ecosystem depends on ideas, validation process and good partner relationship. Major steps in this process are laying the foundation, creating a challenge book, building participation,experimention with cost, speedy implementation, building innovation sand box and putting a margin of safety. In order to increase production and Productivity University is implementing productivity enhancement programmes through dissemination of appropriate technologies.
Precision farming, Productivity enhancement & food safety
Precision livestock farming, area specific mineral mixture and promotion of livestock based commodity interest groups are some of the projects which help to augment production. Value addition of milk and meat are the areas which help to increase profitability through livestock ventures. Centre for One Health of the University is involved in promoting the emerging concept of one health and food safety. The Entrepreneurship portal of the University will act as an interface between entrepreneurs, producers and consumers so as to maintain the agri commodity value chain. Sustainable farming and market led production coupled with quality will help to integrate small farmers to livestock commodity value chain.
Publications & Informatics
University published 20 books and 20 Broadcastable programmes on Livestock production for farmers and Entrepreneurs. University has a separate farm portal www.kasavu.in and an official portal www.kvasu.ac.in. Recently University linked with the National Career Services portal www.ncs.gov.in to promote skill development programmes and pursuing further for becoming a partner for One Agriculture One Science.

MOOC and Smartphone based courses
In the changing Scenario University is implementing Move on to Open Online courses (MOOC) in potential areas like Dairy and Poultry entrepreneurship, food safety, food security, one health and entrepreneurship. Smartphone based courses of the KVASU on organic farming will help to promote organic farming practices across the country in a big way. University launched Diploma programmes as skill development programmes in the areas of Dairying, Poultry production and Laboratory techniques.
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Dr.T.P.Sethumadhavan is Director of Entrepreneurship at Directorate of Entrepreneurship of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Pookode, Wayanad. Contact info- tpsethu2000@gmail.com

 

 

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