The reduction of antibiotic use in dairy farming is a challenge in both India and the Netherlands.
Farmers, veterinarians, dairy companies and governments are looking for the best ways to do so.
In April 2014 the E-Motive exchange program has facilitated a group of Dutch dairy farmers and veterinarians to visit southern India.
They wanted to learn more about the expertise on medicinal plants that has been developed over the past 30 years by the Institute of Ayurvedic and Integrated Medicine (I-AIM) in Bangalore, together with the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) in Chennai.
This exchange project aims to reduce the use of antibiotics in dairy farming in both India and the Netherlands.
For this aim the Indian expertise on the use of medicinal plants is combined with expertise on dairy farm management from the Netherlands.
In this way we will collaborate to improve animal health as well as milk quality, with positive effects for both producers and consumers.
In October 2014 the Indian experts will come to the Netherlands to support the experiments of the farmers, and to exchange views with farmers, veterinarians and other organizations.
Together we can design new ways for dairy farming, with less antibiotics and other chemicals.
Ways that sustain livelihoods, biodiversity and food quality.