District & State : Kachchh, Gujarat
Category : Agricultural (General)
Award : Consolation
Award Function : 9th National Grassroots Innovation Awards
Award Year : 2017
Bhurabhai (70), an agriculturist and livestock keeper, has been practicing a herbal medication for treating anestrous in animals, which is the period of sexual inactivity between two periods of heat.
Living in a joint family with his wife, Smt. Jadiben Bhurabhai Rabari, their two sons and their families, Bhurabhai is an expert animal care taker and a herbal healer. Like many other people in their village, his sons work as agricultural labourers. As they do not own any land, they take land on lease and do farming. Bhurabhai was born in a family of livestock farmers, when they owned more than 200 farm animals including camels, cows, buffaloes, sheep and goat. As he had been taking care of animals since his childhood, he has good knowledge about traditional herbal veterinary practices. His herbal practice for anestrous was found to be unique after detailed prior art search and subsequently taken up for validation. The results of which have been quite promising. The animals responded to the medication by coming in estrus (sexual) cycle in 8.25 days in case of cows and 8 days in case of buffaloes. The conception percentage among the responded cows was encouraging at forty two per cent.