Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) is preparing to collaborate with natural livestock farming initiatives of the Netherlands and Trans Disciplinary University (TDU), Bengaluru, to build practical solutions in the area of health.

The proposed collaboration between KVASU, natural livestock farming initiatives of the Netherlands government, and TDU aims at providing practical solutions to address increasing use of antibiotics, antimicrobial and other chemicals and pesticides in dairying across the world, says Vice Chancellor B. Ashok.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed in this regard soon,’ Dr. Ashok said adding that the focus would be on natural dairy farming.

The Netherlands Ministry of Health had already entered into a MoU with its India to help reduce antibiotic residue present in animal products such as milk and meat products and antimicrobial resistance among human beings and animals, T. P. Sethumadhavan, Director of Entrepreneurship, KVASU, said.

As antibiotic-resistant organisms affect human and animal health as well as environment, the issue would be studied under the Centre for One Health Education Advocacy, Research and Training (COHEART) of the varsity, Dr. Sethumadhavan said.

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A global platform in the form of a consortium will be developed to pursue academic, research, knowledge transfer and exchange programmes for scientists, veterinarians, farmers, entrepreneurs, industry and women self-help groups.

In India, activities would be on community-based enterprise development for producing herbal medicines, organic/safe to consume dairy chain development with potential stakeholders and offer prospective courses for the stakeholders, he said.

Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Karnataka Veterinary and Fisheries University, TDU, National Dairy Development Board and State milk unions of South India including Milma from the State would work together for this consortium, he added.

Dr. Sethumadhavan presented a paper on the underlying principle of One health at KVASU at a meeting which concluded in Bengaluru on Saturday.