India has the world’s largest livestock population.
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A software tool developed by India’s National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is helping balance the diets of 2.4 million heads of Indian cattle, leading to increased milk output and reduced methane emissions, an international livestock conference heard.

The Indian National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is conducting a software tool programme called Information Network on Animal Productivity and Health (INAPH) that facilitates the capturing of real-time reliable data on Breeding, Nutrition and Health Services delivered at farmer’s doorstep. The INAPH programme was started in 2010. Results of the programme were presented at the annual Global Agenda for Sustainable Livestock Meeting held at Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia in June by Vinod Ahuja, a policy officer at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. 

Overall, the programme had helped reduce enteric methane emissions by 12 to 15 per cent while raising the average daily incomes of farmers by USD 0.37 per animal per day, Ahuja told SciDev.Net at the Conference in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

 Methane’s warming potential 20 times that of CO2

Methane from India’s livestock population, the world’s largest, can significantly raise global temperatures according to a study, published in January this year in Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety.

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