One of the main attractions in Munnar is a dairy farm situated at Mattupetty, a hilly region about 15 km away from Munnar town.
The farm is part of the Indo-Swiss Project headquartered at Mattupetty. Over 100 varieties of high-yielding cattle and about 400 heads of cattle are reared here.
Located amidst green grasslands, it is 3 km away from Mattupetty Dam. The farm is devoted to cattle development and research. This center set up by the Government of Switzerland.
The project was launched in 1963 on the basis of a bilateral agreement executed between the Swiss Confederation and the Government of India. Because of the execution of the Indo-Swiss project, a new revolutionary wave has been created in the field of livestock farming in the state.
A great milestone was the evolution of the Swiss Brown cross breed of cattle that is perfectly suited to the conditions of Kerala. The Indo-Swiss project has introduced innovative programs to improve the breed of local cattle.
The breed improvement program is carried out through the 86 artificial insemination centers in Idukki District. The Indo–Swiss dairy farm is actually a landmark in the field of cattle rearing in Kerala. The project is now managed by the Kerala Livestock Development and Milk Marketing Board.
An extension unit of the project also functions at Kolahalamedu near Elappara in Peerumedu. The high breed varieties of cattle like “Swiss Brown” and “Sunandini” have been the result of the cattle researches of the Institute. The project spread over 191 hectares is a ‘holy land’ for cattle growers who arrive here from different parts of the country.
The semen bank at the Mattupetty project has won ISO 22000 certification. In 1965, the Mattupetty project produced the first deep-frozen bull semen in the country. The project has a capacity to produce one million doses of frozen semen in a year.
How to Reach
Nearest Airports: — Kochi: 130 km, Madurai: 142 km, Coimbatore: 167 km, Kozhikode: 287 km, Trivandrum: 302 km.
Nearest Railway Stations:- Kochi: 130 km, Kottayam: 147 km, Madurai: 162 km, Trivandrum: 302 km.
Just 13 km drive from Munnar, Munnar is well connected with road networks from different locations of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
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