Source: News Bharati English28 Jun 2017 16:00:29

Bhubaneswar, June 28: Odisha set to develop country’s first blood bank for cattle! As we humans need blood in the emergency cases, our animals too need to be given blood during the severe cases. India’s 1st ever blood bank for cattle is going to be set up in the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT).

The one-of-its-kind blood bank would come up at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) where the centre would be set up at an estimated cost of Rs 3.5 Crore under centrally sponsored scheme Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY).

“We think the project will be sanctioned by the end of July. Then funds will come. Thereafter, we will look into the operational part. Like humans, cattle farmers would provide blood voluntarily. Besides, we will also go and collect blood from centres,” OUAT VC Surendranath Pasupalak informed. He also said that the university will also directly involve the farmers and identify potential cattle blood donors.

Blood transfusion facility for animals would come as a boon for the cattles as many die during deliveries and other ailments. The storage facility would come in handy for the veterinarians to save lives of the domesticated animals. “It is indeed good news. Farmers are incurring loses due to death of livestock owing to anemia,” a farmer expressed.