Govt. bans imports of hormone oxytocin

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Mains Paper 3: Agriculture | Economics of animal-rearing

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Hormone oxytocin

Mains level: Livestock sector in India & issues related to it


News

Stopping misuse in livestock industry

  1. The Union government has banned imports of the hormone oxytocin to stop its misuse in the livestock industry
  2. The government has decided to rely on domestic production to satisfy requirements of the hormone

Why such move?

  1. This is because it causes hormonal imbalances and shortens the lives of milch animals
  2. The drug makes them barren sooner

Back2Basics

Oxytocin

  1. Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain
  2. It regulates social interaction and sexual reproduction, playing a role in behaviors from maternal-infant bonding and milk release to empathy, generosity, and orgasm
  3. It is also an antidote to depressive feelings
  4. The hormone plays a huge role in all pair bonding
Animal Husbandry, Dairy & Fisheries Sector – Pashudhan Sanjivani, E- Pashudhan Haat, etc
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