KVASU faculty reap laurels
Dr. John Abraham, Assistant Professor, Department of Livestock Production Management, College of Veterinary & Animal Science, Pookode has been awarded the prestigious 'Millennium Alliance Award' constituted by USAID, Technology Development Board, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce, ICICI Foundation, UKaid, WISH, World bank group for his innovation entitled "Low cost Manual Milking Machine" They will provide the requested fund to commercialize the invention for the benefit of rural people in India.
Dr John said that Ninety six per cent of the 118.59 million milch animals in India are still hand milked and 70 per cent of the work force in this sector is contributed by women, which causes back pain, shoulder pain, finger fatigue and allergic reaction and they are also exposed to hazards like cow kicking and tail lashing. Milk which is secreted sterile often gets contaminated during hand milking increasing the bacterial load and lowering the keeping quality. The young generation is turning away from this vocation as the practices are primitive and due to the drudgery associated with this job. He added that this machine can be used in remote villages where there is no electricity supply, the concept of clean milk can be well maintained which is the need of the hour globally and will also improve the health status of women who are 70 per cent of the work force of this sector.
Details regarding the innovation
Simple low-cost manually operated milking machines with pulsation which is efficient in operation and affordable to the rural society will solve all of the above mentioned problems.
Two simple low-cost manual milking machines were invented
1. Bi-cycle type milking machine, with hand operated vacuum creating system and pulsation produced by pedaling a chain drive.
2. Rocker type milking machine, where the teat cluster is attached on the cow with a Velcro strap and milking by rocking a pedal operated cylinder piston with foot.
The following are the key benefits of this machine
Cheap, efficient milking machine affordable to millions of rural people
Anybody can operate (women & children)
Complete milking is possible
Electricity is not required (No recurring cost)
It eliminated health problems of the milkers with added health benefit of exercise in an ergo cycle.
Improves the quality of milk with increased Fat & SNF.
Drastically reduces the bacterial load in milk
Fetches more milk price to the farmers
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