In Vitro fertilization for animal popular in Baglung
BAGLUNG, Nov 20: With the development of the science and technology, farmers are increasingly adopting scientific methods for the animal reproduction.
Farmers, who used to keep bulls or male buffalos for the breeding purpose, have now started using In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) for reproduction of their cattles.
According to District Veterinary Office (DVO), the new technology of animal reproduction has also increased the productivity in the cattle lately.
Krishna Prasad Poudel of Baglung Municipalaity-11, who has been keeping over 3 dozen buffalos and cows, has been using IVF technology to inseminate his cattle. Similarly Padam Prasad Sapkota of ward no-1 has stopped keeping breeder male buffalo for the reproduction purpose.
“When female buffaloes are in heat, veterinary doctors inseminate them with the new technology of the artificial insemination at the animal pen itself,” said Sapkota.
Lately IVF technology became popular among the farmers after DVO started providing the service at a very low price.
According to the DVO, farmers are attracted toward the new reproductive technologies as they are free from the hassles of rearing bull or male buffalo for the breeding purpose.
“The farmers adopting new reproductive technology for their animal has increased lately as the new animal produced through IVF has greater productive ability,” said Veterinary Doctor Dipa Diwali.
Farmers have been paying Rs 500-800 for the breeding male animal as a stud fee, however, the DVO has been providing IVF service at only Rs 25. “The new service is also cost effective for the farmers,” said Diwali.
According to Diwali, the female animals in heat should be inseminated within 12-18 hours to successfully impregnate them. The collected animal sperm is cryopreserved at -196°C by using liquid nitrogen. In the IVF technology, sperm are injected into the ovary of the animal with the help of syringe.
Government has planned to extend the IVF by providing subsidiary for the rural area across the country as the technology is helping increase productivity and improve the quality of the new breed.
The veterinary center in Baglung Bazzar, Narayansthan, Binhu, Kushmishera and Harichaur VDC has been providing IVF service to the farmers of 15 nearby VDCs. According to DVO chief Laxman Prasad Ghimire, they are planning to extend the service to Burtibang, Kharbang and other places as the demands from the farmers are rising.
DVO, which inseminated 541 cattle successfully through IVF technique last year, is planning to provide the service to over 2,000 cattle this year. “It is really easy for us as we don´t have to search for the stud male," said Tara Kandel of Bhim Pokhara-1.