Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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Adv. Anim. Vet. Sci. 4 (1S): 20 -31. Special Issue-1 (Welfare issues, Environment, Societal learning and Innovation in Livestock Science)
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Ravikumar RK1*, Boya Petharajanna1a, Govindan N1a, Vivekanandan P2, Alagumalai V2, Subramanium Y3, Jayshree Patel1, Harshadbhai Patel1a, Hariharan M4, Vivek Kumar1, Vipin Kumar1

1National Innovation Foundation-India, Satellite Complex, Premchandnagar Road, Satellite, Ahmedabad 380 015 Gujarat; 2Sustainable – Agriculture & Environmental Voluntary Action & Honey Bee Network Collaborator, Madurai, Tamil Nadu; 3District Rural Development Agency, Anantapur District, Govt. of Andhra Pradesh; 4Department of Animal Husbandry, Salem District, Govt. of Tamil Nadu, India.

Abstract | Utilization of knowledge, skill to sustain employment opportunities near to place of dwelling offers greater scope for livelihood. Livestock occupation provide such prospects and supported by Indigenous Knowledge Research System (IKRS). Diversified institutional approaches are explored in mainstreaming IKRS for benefit of end users. National Innovation Foundation-India had succeeded in implementing IKRS by recognizing custodian of knowledge in their ecosystem. This research vindicated Honey Bee Network philosophy of linking people to people, involvement of informal society in experimentation and intrinsic motivation for social cause. During a collaborative activity with district administration, novel medication in treatment of mastitis was disclosed by Shri. Boya Petharajanna, an outstanding traditional knowledge healer. The study stressed importance of knowledge network as Shri Harshadbhai Patel, traditional knowledge healer facilitated leveraging contacts and experimentation with farmers. An external intervention acted as catalyst in demonstrating ethical values of society in technology transfer approach. It was also noticed that Shri. N Govindan traditional knowledge healer from different geographical region practicing same medication. This illustrates utility value of IKRS and this research is first of its kind to share same knowledge/practice applied by healers residing far apart. Characteristics of IKRS in identification, diffusion and institutional engagements during application of frugal innovations were shared. These findings clarified different designs of action research in integration of affordable technologies for enhancing quality livestock service. Further, this is an attempt to network knowledge holders (informal society) through their novel knowledge so as to share different pattern of social relationships.

Keywords | Indigenous, Mastitis, Utilizer system, Smallholder, Knowledge network