Minister asks scientists to provide solutions for monkey menace and abandoned animals in Himachal

Apr 28, 2018 15:10 | Poltics

Dharamshala (Arvind Sharma )28/04/18

World Veterinary Day was celebrated enthusiastically at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS),of  CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University,  at Palampur near Dharamshala  today. Virender Kanwar, Minister of Animal Husbandry Fisheries, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj was Chief Guest. In his address, the Minister said asked the University scientists to work on providing solutions for monkey menace and abandoned animals which had become a threat to the farming .He also asked the university to test the quality of feed available in the market as there were reports that it was also one of the reasons to make animals un-productive, and being abundant by their masters.

 He said,” cow sanctuaries will be made and farmers will be provided with high quality milk animals.  Animal husbandry facilities will be strengthened in the State by  including animal ambulance at door step of the farmers.” He also announced regular recruitments of veterinarians and consideration of increasing grant to the COVAS.

Dr A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while lauding the efforts of veterinarians in the treatment and welfare of animals, said that animal husbandry sector can play a pivotal role in doubling the income of farmers.Prof A.K.Sarial also discussed issues like importance of native cow in zero budget natural farming, extinction of local cattle breeds, making abandoned cattle productive by rehabilitation in ‘Gaushalas’, etc. and appreciated the academic, research and extension education achievements of COVAS. 

Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, COVAS, elaborated about the achievements of his college and informed that 795 students have passed out at graduate level, 392 students have done masters degrees and 36 students have done Ph.D degree since inception of the college in 1986.

The Chief Guest released six publications and also awarded 17 students who won prizes in various competitions organized to mark the occasion. Earlier, the Minister visited the veterinary clinical complex and sought information about the on-going activities. The Vice Chancellor accompanied him during the visit.