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Andhra Pradesh Governor Advocates 'Panchagavya' as Key to Quality-Yield Agriculture

12th Convocation of SVVU served as a platform to underline the pivotal role of Panchagavya and livestock in agriculture.

Shivam Dwivedi
Andhra Pradesh Governor Advocates 'Panchagavya' as Key to Quality-Yield Agriculture (Photo Source: S. Abdul Nazeer Twitter)
Andhra Pradesh Governor Advocates 'Panchagavya' as Key to Quality-Yield Agriculture (Photo Source: S. Abdul Nazeer Twitter)

In a thought-provoking speech at the 12th Convocation of Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University (SVVU), Governor S. Abdul Nazeer emphasized the significance of Panchagavya and livestock in enhancing agricultural yields. The event, held on Saturday, saw the Governor highlighting the historical importance of cattle and their impact on human prosperity, health, and the environment.

Governor Nazeer began his address by equating cattle to wealth and described Panchagavya as a remarkable medicine crafted by sage Dhanwanthri. He claimed that Panchagavya could potentially bring about a substantial improvement in the quality of agricultural produce. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) has been promoting the use of Panchagavya since 1998, and the Governor emphasized the importance of embracing this traditional practice for the betterment of agriculture.

Governor Nazeer asserted that our immunity from diseases, prosperity, livelihood, and the very essence of organic, eco-friendly, sustainable, low-cost, and high-quality agricultural produce depend largely on our cattle. The Governor then delved into the historical context of animal husbandry, citing the Mauryan age as an example, during which animal husbandry made significant strides. He highlighted that the Ashoka regime saw the establishment of the first veterinary hospital, showcasing the deep-rooted tradition of caring for livestock.

Governor Nazeer also praised the Tirumala temple's management for supporting natural farming and procuring organic products to create 'Prasadadam' or offerings. By promoting organic practices, the temple management sets an example for others to follow, fostering sustainable and eco-friendly agricultural methods.

During the convocation address, M.R. Saseendranath, Vice-Chancellor of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, commended Andhra Pradesh for being one of the most advanced states in agriculture. Over 80% of rural households in the state practice agriculture, with approximately 92.54 lakh families engaged in livestock and allied activities.

He encouraged veterinary graduates to adopt scientific methods and technological innovations, helping livestock farmers transition from subsistence farming to livestock enterprise. This transition, he said, aligns with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of doubling the farming community's income.

SVVU Vice-Chancellor V. Padmanabha Reddy proudly highlighted the university's initiatives, such as the introduction of an animal ambulance service, which facilitates the transport of diseased and immobilized animals. This pioneering concept was later adopted by the state animal husbandry department, benefiting countless animals in need.

Furthermore, SVVU has been conducting awareness sessions on livestock and poultry management for farmers at the village-level Rythu Bharosa Kendras (RBK) introduced by the state government. These sessions empower farmers with valuable knowledge and skills, contributing to the overall growth of the agriculture sector in the state.

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