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DEPARTMENT: Animal Nutrition

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Dr.Biju Chacko Dr.Biju Chacko
Designation: - Associate Professor and Head
Address: - Associate Professor, Dept.of Animal Nutrition, CVAS, Pookode
Mobile No: - 9446574495
Email ID: - bijuchacko@kvasu.ac.in

Educational Qualifications

1. B.V.Sc. & A.H (1996). CVAS, Mannuthy. OGPA = 8.4/10

2. M.V.Sc. (Animal Nutrition): 1998. CVAS, Mannuthy. OGPA = 9.3/10 (First Rank among all disciplines)

3. Ph.D. (Animal Nutrition): 2015. CVAS, Mannuthy. OGPA = 9.36/10

Area of Research

1) Title : NAIP Co-ordinator of CVAS, Pookode of the National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) entitled, “Multi enterprise farm models for addressing the agrarian crisis of Wayanad District of Kerala” from 6-10-2010 to 31-3-2014.
Outlay : total outlay of 623.936 lakh rupees (6.23 crores), out of which, expenditure to the tune of 577.196 lakh rupees (5.77 crores) was incurred (92.51%), as on 31-3-2014, ie., the date of completion.
Funding Agency: Fully funded by the World Bank and implemented through the ICAR and KAU
Duration : 5 years and 3 months from December 2008 to March 2014
2) Title : ‘Animal Nutrition’ component of the NAIP project entitled, “Multi enterprise farm models for addressing the agrarian crisis of Wayanad District of Kerala” in the financial year 2010-11, as Head of the Dept. in charge of Animal Nutrition, CVAS, Pookode
Outlay : 3.24 lakhs - fully utilised
Funding Agency: Fully funded by the World Bank and implemented through the ICAR and KAU
Duration : 1 year, viz., 2010-11 (Implemented in three months continuous , in the months of January , February & March 2011)
3) Title : Co-Principal Investigator of the project, “Aralam livestock based resettlement project” of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Dept., Govt. of Kerala.
Outlay : 1.07 crores
Funding Agency: Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Dept., Govt. of Kerala.
Duration : 5 years
4) Title : Co-Principal Investigator of the project, “Exploration, identification and characterisation of various livestock rearing systems and agricultural linkages in district wise agro-ecological zones of Kerala”
Outlay : 11.04 lakhs
Funding Agency: Kerala State Planning Board.
Duration : 1 year
5) Title : Principal Investigator of the project, “Nutritive evaluation of cassava leaves/stem in animal feed”
Outlay : Rs. 35,000/-
Funding Agency: Fully funded by the Central Tuber Crops Research Institute (CTCRI), Sreekaryam, Thiruvnanthapuram. Total outlay = Rs. 35,000/-
Duration : 1 year
6) Title : Associated Scientist of Rashtriya Swayam Vikas Yojana (RSVY) project entitled “Livestock based production system for rural livelihood security”.
Outlay : 102.33 lakhs
Funding Agency: Government of India
Duration : 2 years
7) Title : Established the data bank on nutrient profile of 50 different Ayurvedic medicinal herbs, native of Wayanad District in the Department of Animal Nutrition, College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode, as Principal Investigator of the State Plan project, “Identification and assessment of nutritive value of herbal products for feeding of livestock”
Outlay : 7 lakhs
Funding Agency: Government of Kerala
Duration : 1 year
8) Title : Principal Investigator of the State Plan Project 2016-17 entitled, "Complete feeds for dairy cows as a solution for the feed and fodder scarcity of Kerala".
Outlay : 5 lakhs
Funding Agency: Government of Kerala
Duration : 1 year
9) Title : Principal Investigator of the State Plan Project 2019-20 entitled, “Effect of dietary incorporation of ayurvedic pharmaceutic residues on growth performance of Malabari kids”. Outlay : 3 lakhs
Funding Agency: Government of Kerala
Duration : 1 year
 

 

Work Experience

1) Veterinary Surgeon in Animal Husbandry Dept. for 6 ½ years from 16-1-2002 to 11-6-2008

2) Assistant Professor in Dept. of Animal Nutrition at CVAS, Pookode of KVASU for the last 12 years (continuing) from 12-6-2008 to date

 

Awards

1) Recipient of the Dr. N. P. Panicker Memorial Endowment in the year 1998, being the highest OGPA among M. V. Sc. Students belonging to all disciplines of 1996 admission at College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy.

2) Won the best paper award for oral presentation in Animal Production and Management section in the 6th Kerala Veterinary Science Congress held on November 8th and 9th 2014 at Kottayam for the paper, “Comparison of the efficacy of complete feeds having varying levels of neutral detergent fibre (NDF) with the conventional grass – concentrate feeding system for dairy cows of Kerala”. Biju Chacko, Syam Mohan. K. M., Rojan, P.M. and Ajith M. K.

3) Secured the award for the best oral presentation in the 3rd National Conference on Enhancing Nutritional Security through Climate Smart Farming Practices, organised by the Cooch Behar Association of Cultivation for Agricultural Sciences (COBACAS), in collaboration with Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya (UBKV) and held at Kalimpong, West Bengal from 17-3-2017 to 18-3-2017,for the paper entitled, “Effect of paddy straw plus non forage fibre sources based complete feeds containing different levels of neutral detergent fibre on milk composition parameters of lactating dairy cows”.  Biju Chacko, K. M. Syam Mohan, K. Ally, K. Shyama, K. S. Anil and C. T. Sathian.

4) Received appreciation letter from the Director of Entrepreneurship of KVASU dt. 26-7-2013 for efficient and systematic organisation of the Farmer Scientist interactions organised by the Directorate of Entrepreneurship, KVASU and held at Olari, Thrissur  District from 25-6-2013 to 26-6-2013

5) Received appreciation letter from Micro Enterprises Training and Development Agency (METADA) dt.  31-3-2014  for providing effective follow up as Training co-ordinator to the trainees who attended the training programmes conducted in 2012-13 at Panangad and Thalakkalathur (both dairy farming) and Omassery and Changaroth (both goat rearing) as part of the “Pashu Gramam” and “Aadu Gramam” projects of the Government of Kerala, implemented through the Kudumbashree in Kozhikode District

6) Was honored and presented with a memento by the Dean, in the College Day celebrations ‘SYNVETZ’ 17’ organised by College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Pookode and the Student’s Union 2016-17, which was held on 30.03.2017 for bringing laurels to the College in the year 2016-17.

7) Received appreciation from the Dean, CVAS, Pookode for the excellent service rendered as Assistant Warden, Men’s Hostel, CVAS, Pookode from 7-5-2015 to 21-8-2017 vide appreciation letter dt. 30-8-2017

8) Received appreciation from the Director of Academics & Research, KVASU, Pookode for the excellent work put in as Technical Manager of the NABL accredited Feed and Fodder Analytical Laboratory vide letter of appreciation dt. 25-8-2017

9) Secured the award of second prize for oral presentation in the Animal Production and Management section in the 10th Kerala Veterinary Science Congress held on November 10th and 11th 2018 at Kannur for the paper, “Evaluation Of Energy Rich Unconventional Feed Based Complete Feed On Production Performance Of Cross Bred Dairy Cows In Early Lactation”. Raseel. K, Biju Chacko, Sunanda. C.

10) Received appreciation from Sri. V. Abdurahiman, MLA of Tanur and Sri. N. Mujeeb Haji, President of Tanalur Grama Panchayath for the excellent work carried out in conducting and documenting the scientific interventions in sustainable development of the Dairy Sector as part of the NSS Camp (Dwithi) held at Thanalur Panchayath, Malappuram from 22-2-2017 to 28-2-2017.

11) Received appreciation dt. 31-3-2018, from the editorial board of International Journal of Livestock Research (IJLR), having a NAAS rating of 5.36, in reviewing articles, in the year 2017.

12) Secured the award of first prize for best paper by oral presentation in the International Conference on Livestock, Food Security and Food Safety – Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies (ICFS 2020), held at Madras Veterinary College, Chennai from 28-1-2020 to 29-1-2020 in Session V titled, “Challenges, Opportunities and Strategies for Ensuring Food Security and Safety” for the paper titled, “Effect of Varying Levels of Neutral Detergent Fibre on Production Performance of Lactating Dairy Cows Fed on Paddy Straw Plus Non Forage Fibre Sources Based Complete Feeds”. Biju Chacko, K. M.  Syam Mohan, K. Ally, K.  Shyama.

Trainings

1) Participated in the training Programme on ‘Professional Efficiency Development’ organised by the Kerala State Veterinary Council ,KAU and CALPI, New Delhi and held at CVAS, Mannuthy from 1-7-2008 to 5-7-2008

2) Participated in the Refresher Course entitled, “Challenges and Constraints in Poultry production and their mitigation” organised by the Centre for Advanced Faculty Training in Avian Sciences (CAFTAS), Veterinary College and Research Institute (VCRI), Namakkal of TANUVAS from 24-11-2010 to 14-12-2010

3) Participated in the “7th Orientation Programme organised by University Grants Commission and held at Academic Staff College, Kannur University for 28 days from   28-1-2012 to 25-2-2012   

4) Participated in the 21 day Refresher Course on “Reshaping Scientific Communication in the Context of Building Entrepreneurship” held at Academic Staff College of Kerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University, Mannuthy for 21 days from 11-7-2017 to 31-7-2017

Publications

Books / Book chapters

1) Single author of “Prasavam muthal prasavam vare”. Biju Chacko. – 1 chapter in the KVASU text book “Thudangam Namukkum Dairy Farm”
2) Single author of a Leaflet on TMR in Malayalam (2014) - KVASU, COHEART and Dept. of Animal Nutrition publication
4) Single author of a chapter entitled, “Shastreeya Paripalana Murakal Pashukkalude arogyathinum,kooduthal paalulpadanathinum”. p. 72-75. In the Souvenir published by the Indian Veterinary Association and Kerala Government Veterinary Officer’s Association as part of Kerala Veterinarian’s Annual Convention 2016 held at Kannur from 31-12-2016 to 2-1-2017.
5) First author of a book Chapter entitled, “Feasibility of Complete Feed for cows - A Case of Sustainable Agricultural Practice in the Western Ghats” in the book “Western Ghats From Ecology to Economics”. 2016. Biju Chacko, Syam Mohan K. M, Rojan P. M. and Ajith M. K.ISBN No. 978-93-85247-58-3. Educreation Publishing, New Delhi.p.116-130.
6) First and sole author of a book Chapter entitled, ‘Nutrition and Animal Health’. Chapter in the Training Manual of Livestock Inspector trainees published by the Directorate of Entreprenuership, KVASU and Animal Husbandry Dept., Govt. of Kerala, organized as part of ASCAD.
7) First and sole author of a book Chapter titled, “Animal Nutrition”, in “The Companion Professional Manual” brought out by KVASU Union 2016-17 in February 2018.
8) First and sole author of a book Chapter in Malayalam titled, “Susthira Krishiyil Pashu Valarthalum”, in “The Farm Guide” brought out by Rashtra Deepika in February 2019. pp. 192-105.
9) First and sole author of a book Chapter entitled, “Sampoorna mishritha theetta - maarunna paristhithikku anuyojyamayulla pashukkalude theetta sampradayam” in the book “Kalavastha vyathiyananvum Mrugasamrakshana meghalayaum”. 2018. Biju Chacko, Syam Mohan K. M, Ally, K. and Shyama, K. Published by Institute of Climate Change Studies, Kottayam, A Government of Kerala Institute. pp. 85-95.
 

Popular articles

1) “Aadu valarathal oru noothana reethi”. Biju Chacko and George Mathen. “Kerala Karshakan”, April 2000
2) “Aadine valartham laabam nedam” Biju Chacko. “Chandrika” daily, July 14, 2000.
3) “Kaalitheetta- guna nilavara nirnayam aavashamo?” Biju Chacko. “Karshakan”, May 2007.
4) “Pannirogangale prathirodhikkam” Biju Chacko. “Karshakan Anniversary Issue”, July 2007.
5) “Adhikamulla pachapullu pazhakathirikkan”. Biju Chacko. “Karshakan”, October 2007.
6) “Aadayakaramaaya aadu valarthal”. Biju Chacko. “Smaranika 2007”- Souvenir released by the Animal Husbandry Dept., Govt. of Kerala in connection with the inauguration of the new building of District Veterinary Centre, Kannur
7) “Kaalitheetta- guna nilavara nirnayam aavashamo?” Biju Chacko. “Kerala Karshakan”, February 2008
8) “Sankarayinam kannukalikalude theettayum theettakramavum”. Biju Chacko. “Karshakan”, April 2010.
9) “Ivar arumakal- ennal ivayude kadiyettalo?” - Biju Chacko. “Kudumbajyothi”, Monthly Parish Bullettin of Holy Family Church, Kannur, Vol. 1, Issue 3, September 2010.
10) “Ksheera karshakarkku nettam koyyan”- Biju Chacko. “Karshikam” section of Deepika newspaper August 22nd 2012.
11) “Paal vilpanayil alpam sradichal varumanam vardhippikkam” - Biju Chacko. “Karshikam” section of Deepika newspaper August 31st 2012
12) “Mamsa ulpadanathil anantha sadyathakal” - Biju Chacko. “Karshikam” section of Deepika newspaper September 14th 2012
13) “Ksheerakarshakarkku sahayakamayi paramparyethara theettakal”- Biju Chacko. “Haritham” section of Deepika newspaper August 27th 2014.
14) “Chelavu kuranja muyal koodumayi Veterinary vidyarthikal”. Biju Chacko. Deepika newspaper September 29th 2014.
15) “Krishi cheyyam pashuvinayi”, Biju Chacko. in Karshakan July 2017.
16) “Vanyamrigangal kaadirangumbol” Biju Chacko. “Kudumbajyothi”, Monthly Parish Bullettin of Holy Family Church, Kannur, June 2018.
17) “Sampoorna mishritha theeetta - durithakalathu pashukkalkku oru kaithangu” in Karshakan October 2018.
18) “Panja kalathu pashukkalkkoru athani - sampoorna mishritha theetta” in Kerala Karshakan April 2019.
19) “Vanameghalayile Krishi Asoothranam”. in Karshakan January 2019.
20) “Ulppaadanam koottano. Itha chila technikkukal”. Biju Chacko and Sreeja S. J. in Karshakan January 2020.
21) “Uyarnna paalulpaadanathinu ration sampradaayam”. Biju Chacko and Sreeja S. J. in Karshakan February 2020.
22) “Aarogyamulla pashu laabhavum tharum”. Biju Chacko and Sreeja S. J. in Karshakan March 2020.
23) “തീറ്റയ്ക്കു ക്ഷാമമെങ്കിൽ പശുക്കൾക്ക് കാലിതീറ്റ വീട്ടിൽ തന്നെ തയ്യാറാക്കാം” Biju Chacko in Karshakasree online April 1 2020.
24) "കൃഷി നശിപ്പിക്കാൻ കാട്ടുമൃഗങ്ങൾ വന്നാൽ". “Krishi nashippikkan kattu mrigangal vannal” Biju Chacko in Madyamam Newspaper April 25, 2020.
25) "വന്യമൃഗശല്യം രൂക്ഷമാകുമ്പോൾ കർഷകർക്ക് ചെയ്യാൻ ചില നുറുങ്ങു വിദ്യകൾ" ”Vanya mriga shalyam rookshamaavumbol karshakarkku cheyyan chila nurungu vidyakal". Biju Chacko in Karshakasree online April 25 2020.
26) “Ulppaadanakshamatha vardhippikkan kannukutti paripalanam”. Biju Chacko and Febina, C. Karshakan. April 2020. pp. 48-49.
27) “Koronakkalatthe kaaalitheetta”. Biju Chacko. Karshakan. May 2020. pp. 14-16.
28) “Rogamuktharaakkam pashukkale”. Biju Chacko and Febina, C. Karshakan. May 2020. pp. 61-64.
29) “Aadukalkku theettayayi ayurveda avashishtangal”. Biju Chacko. Karshakan. June 2020. pp. 32-34.
30) “Vanamekahalyil vilakramam maaaranam, krishireethikalum”: “വനമേഖലയില്‍ വിളക്രമം മാറണം, കൃഷിരീതികളും”. Biju Chacko. Karshasree. July 2020. pp. 54-55.
31) “Pashukkalude theetta maattunnathu rogam varuthi vaykkum”. Biju Chacko, Merin Sneha, C. T. Manorama online. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/pets-world/2020/08/21/common-digestive-disorder-in-cattle.html. August 21 2020.
32) “Corona virusum kannukuttikalil vayattilakkathinu kaaarnamaakum. Urukkalkkum venam karuthal”. Biju Chacko, Febina, C. Manorama online. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/pets-world/2020/08/22/intestinal-diseases-in-cattle.html. August 22 2020.
33) “Karuthal venam maaraka rogangalaaya Adappanum, Kuraladappanumethire”. Biju Chacko, Merin Sneha, C. T. Manorama online. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/pets-world/2020/08/24/anthrax-and-livestock.html. August 24 2020.
34) “Marakkaruthu, vritthiyulla pashukkal laabhavum tharum”. Biju Chacko, Febina, C. Manorama online. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/farm-management/2020/08/25/importance-of-dairy-hygiene.html August 25 2020.
35) “Pashuparipaalanathilundu moonnu ghattangal, sraddhichal vijayam urappu”. Biju Chacko, Febina, C. Manorama online. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/pets-world/2020/08/29/care-of-pregnant-cattle.html August 29 2020.
36) “Virayilakkanum prathirodha kutthivayppedukkanum marakkalle”. Biju Chacko, Merin Sneha, C. T. Manorama online. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/pets-world/2020/09/02/dewormers-and-vaccinations-in-cattle.html September 2 2020.
37) “Oru kannu venam pashuvinmel - Rogalakshanangal thirichariyaan”. Biju Chacko, Merin Sneha, C. T. Manorama online. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/pets-world/2020/09/11/common-cattle-diseases.html September 11 2020.
38) “Man – animal conflict: practical solutions”. Biju Chacko. Pashu Sandesh, http://pashusandesh.com/Man-animal-conflict-practical-solutions 27th July 2020.
39) “Soyapaal koduthum kannukuttikale valartham”. Biju Chacko, Fahmida. V. Karshakasree. October 2020. p. 75.
40) “Mazhakkalam kazhinjittilla ketto! Pashukkalude theettayude kaaryam sraddhikkane!” Biju Chacko. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/farm-management/2020/10/05/taking-care-of-cattle-during-rainy-season.html October 5 2020.
41) “Theettachilavuyarnnal ksheerameghala nashtatthilaakum; Enthokke Sraddikkanam?” Biju Chacko. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/farm-management/2020/10/13/guide-for-cattle-feeding.html October 13 2020.
42) “Vrithiyulla thozhuthil akiduveekkam akale”. Biju Chacko, Febina, C. Manorama online. https://www.manoramaonline.com/karshakasree/farm-management/2020/12/11/detecting-and-treating-clinical-mastitis.html

 

Other valuable publications

I. Leaflets:
Prepared the following leaflets which were published by Farm Information Bureau, Agriculture and farmer’s Welfare Dept., Govt. of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram:
1) “Rabies” – പേവിഷബാധ. Biju Chacko and Amritha A. 2p. July 2020.
2) “Virabhaada varathe nokkanam”- വിരബാധ വരാതെ നോക്കണം! Biju Chacko and
Amritha A. 2p. July 2020.
3) “Kulambu rogam”. കുളമ്പു രോഗം- Biju Chacko and Febina C. 2p. July 2020.
4) “Pashuparipaalanam Sraddayode”. പശുപരിപാലനം ശ്രദ്ധയോടെ - Biju Chacko. 2p. July 2020.
II. Theme papers presented (ALL 1st and single author papers) – Most Relevant Since 2011
1) “Feeding strategies for optimising the milk production in Kerala” – State level workshop on Road map for the Animal Husbandry Sector, organised by the Indian Veterinary Association, Kerala, June 8th, 2011, Kalpetta, which was inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Sri. K. P. Mohanan and attended by Sri. M. V. Sreyams Kumar, MLA and the Honourable Vice Chancellor, Dr. B. Ashok (IAS)
2) “Feasibility of complete feed for cows – a case of sustainable agricultural practice in the Western Ghats” – lead paper presented in the UGC sponsored national seminar on, “Man, Environment and Sustainable Development in the Western Ghats: From Conflicts to peaceful coexistence”, Government College, Mananthavady, 24-9-2014
3) “Sustainable small ruminant production systems for meat in India and Kerala” – International Workshop on sustainable farming organised jointly by the KVASU and Global Innovation Initiative (GII) held at Angamaly from 19-8-2015 to 20-8-2015.
4) “Strategic interventions for the revival of the Animal Husbandry sector of Wayanad, in the post flood scenario”, paper presented by Dr. Biju Chacko in Technical Session II on 23-1-2019, in the National Seminar on “Post Flood Wayanad: Perspectives on Reconstruction and development” organised by the PG Dept. of Development Economics, Govt. College Mananthavady from 23-1-2019 to 24-1-2019.
 


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