State Government committed to promote livestock activities in a big way

Jun 02, 2015 16:20 | Poltics
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Rs. 10  crore Revolving Fund for ‘Gauvansh Samvardhan Board’

A spokesman of the State Government said here today that the Government was committed to the development of livestock sector in a big way as it had a significant beneficial impact in generating self-employment and strengthening the rural economy. He said that with a view to enhance milk production and conserve indigenous breeds, a new Breeding Policy for cattle was in the process of formulation. This Breeding Policy envisages conservation of indigenous and Pahari breeds of Cattle through Artificial Insemination. The State Government had earmarked Rs. 5.71 crore for strengthening of Artificial Insemination and breeding related infrastructure.

He said that the State Government had proposed to establish Poly Clinics in Una and Bilaspur to provide specialized services to the the livestock breeders.

He said that marketing of milk was an important source of income to the farmers and the State Government had given impetus to empower the dairy co-operative societies. He said that the Government had proposed a new scheme under which 60 percent subsidy would be provided for setting up Milk Processing & Chilling facilities to the Dairy Co-operative Societies. The Societies would also be provided subsidy on plant & machinery for making by-products like Ghee, Paneer, etc. for surplus milk.

The spokesman said that the State Government had decided to constitute ‘Gauvansh Samvardhan Board’ in the State to frame suitable policies and programmes for milch Cattle especially the Cows. He said that a provision of revolving fund of Rs. 10 crore had been made for this purpose in 2015-16.

The spokesman said that the State Government was also committed to the welfare of sheep breeders of the State. He said that the Government had introduced Quality Linked Wool Pricing Scheme in 2014-15 benefitting approximately 10,000 sheep breeders in getting higher prices of wool of cross-bred sheep and this scheme had been continued for this financial year also.