The livestock sector is a significant source of livelihood in rural Orissa as over 80 per cent of the population depend on livestock to earn supplementary income. However, the productivity of dairy animals in the state is low as livestock service delivery follows a reactive approach rather than a preventive, proactive approach to address the increase the productivity. In an at provide enhanced livestock services, Government of Orissa has implemented Project Nandini, a livestock information system developed to offer livestock extension services to cattle farmers in Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack and Mayurbhanj Districts.
Under Nandini, a web-based portal is created to store a credible animal data along with details of their owners. The database records and identifies specific details such as a list of animal to attain peak yield, animal due and suitable for oestrus, animal due for pregnancy diagnosis, animal to be dried off, animal due for parturition, animal to be vaccinated/de-wormed. The intention is to systematically monitor the reproductive life cycle of crossbred cows by tracking relevant details. This monitoring is vital for enhancing the productivity of the cattle.