Minister stresses for conservation of indigenous cows
There is a need for popularisation and conservation of indigenous breed of cows, as these are source of qualitative milk for the farmers and consumers for ages, Animal Husbandry Minister Virender Kanwar has said. Participating in the 25th meeting of ICAR Regional Committee, held from June 11 to 12 at Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agriculture Science and Technology, Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Kanwar said people have always shown faith on indigenous breed of cows and the state government is committed to give boost to animal husbandry sector by providing best infrastructural and marketing facilities. The main objectives of the meeting were to review the status of agriculture research and education, besides analysing, discussing and making recommendations on the location specific problems of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Horticulture, Fisheries and Forestry peculiar in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
The Minister urged the need for high genetic merit indigenous bulls, embryos/semen straws. Director of Animal Husbandry, Uttarakhand assured to supply 45000 doses of semen straws of Red Sindhi breed with MSP of more than 4500 litres within a month. He also assured to supply embryos as per demand. In response to the issue of Sahiwal semen straws raised by Mr Kanwar, representative of NDRI, Karnal assured to supply HGM semen straws of Sahiwal breed and bulls in due course of time for sperm station at Palampur for upgradation of state's cow population. Mr Kanwar directed the Vice Chancellor of Chaudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishvavidyalaya (CSKHPKV), Palampur to overcome the shortage of fodder by making compound feed blocks. He also said that a combined proposal by Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand for import of 40 rams and 200 Sheep of Ranbouillet and Merino sheep for each state may be prepared and taken up with the Centre, to tackle the problem of inbreeding in nucleus Sheep Breeding Farms. The Minister said that a sustainable module for operation Gosadans was developed by CSKHPKV, which will be made available for further action. He also said that goats of Changthangi breed will be procured from Ladakh of Jammu and Kashmir for the sheep breeders of Lahaul & Spiti, to produce Pashmina.
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