Bhubaneswar: In a first of its kind initiative, Odisha is all set to become the first India state to set up a blood bank for cattle.
This was disclosed by Surendra Nath Pasupalak, the Vice-chancellor of the Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) who said the first of its kind blood bank would be set-up on the premises of OUAT at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.25 crore.
The proposal for establishing a blood bank has received the approval from the National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP). It is now awaiting the nod from the state government.
According to the OUAT VC, the funds sharing pattern of the project will be in the ratio of 60:40 between Centre and State.
Under this project, blood will be procured voluntarily from the cattle farmers. The blood bank will also have blood transfusion facility for cattle blood.
The blood bank will help in preventing cattle deaths during deliveries and other ailments. It will also stand in good stead when it comes to saving the lives of the domesticated animals.