CM thanked PM for ‘Gosamvardhan and Gosanrakshan’ project approval. 19-02-2015
Chandigarh February 19: Haryana Government has taken a lead to improve upon the indigenous cattle in the State as the Central Government today approved a project namely ‘Gosamvardhan and Gosanrakshan’ worth Rs.77.9 crore for conservation, up-gradation and integrated development of Hariana, Sahiwal and Gir breeds of indigenous cattle. Haryana Chief Minister Mr Manohar Lal has thanked the Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi for approving this project which would prove as a boon for up-gradation of low yielding indigenous cattle into high yielding cows of native breeds through selective breeding. Besides, it would provide an important economic boost to the farmers and prove to be a major source of their livelihood. Haryana Animal Husbandry Minister Mr O.P Dhankar said that the State Government has taken a lead to improve upon the indigenous cattle in the State to mitigate the ill effects of global warming and climate change. For conservation, up-gradation and integrated development of Hariana, Sahiwal and Gir breeds of indigenous cattle, a project worth Rs.77.9 crores was submitted to Government of India which has been approved by Project Sanctioning Committee, Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Government of India today. He said that the project would be implemented in a phased manner over next five years. The project would envisage to expand and improve the quality of Artificial Insemination services and making it available at farmers’ doorstep, to bring all breedable cows under organized breeding through Artificial Insemination or natural service using disease-free high genetic merit bulls. The Minister said that for special emphasis on Gosamvardhan in the next financial year, Government has decided to provide a subsidy to the tune of 50 per cent for establishment of mini dairy units of indigenous cows to the farmers for the establishment of mini dairy units comprising of upto 5 indigenous cows. He said that to further encourage the farmers to rear good quality indigenous cattle that is Hariana and Sahiwal of high milk yield, it has been decided to start performance recording of these breeds and for that incentive money ranging from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 20,000 on the basis of milk yield would be provided to the owners of indigenous cows from the year 2015-16. An amount of Rs. one crore has been proposed for this scheme. For Gosanrakshan the Government intends to set up Gau-Abhyaranyas at suitable locations in the State for providing shelter, fodder and veterinary health care stray cattle through Haryana Gau Seva Ayog, he added.