Sri Muktsar Sahib, January 9, 2016: On the second day of 8th National Livestock Championship and Expo 2016, the animal husbandry department held a seminar on commercial dairy farming and animal husbandry and the financial support available.
During this maiden seminar today the director dairy development department Dr Inderjit Singh said the Punjab government has crafted a number of schemes to encourage commercial dairy farming in the state. Last year the farmers were given milking machines, bulk milk coolers and were given Rs 20 cr worth subsidy on construction of modern sheds for animals etc. Similarly to impart modern education about the animal husbandry a dairy training center has been set up at Sangrur worth Rs 2.5 cr.
Dr PK Uppla, advisor, Punjab government said that now the state government has also planned out a scheme to start commercial dairy farming of the Sahiwal cows and also to encourage the marketing of milk form this cow, the Chief Minister Mr Parkash SIngh Badal has charted out a strategy.
The joint director animal husbandry department Dr Amarjit Singh gave information about milking machines, milking parlors, milk meter, pedo meter etc. He said that the milk meter gives information about the temperature of milk, which gives exact detail about the health status of cows. The pedometers attached to the feet of cows gives information about cows entering into puberty.
Dr B Prakash, director CIRC Meerut, Mr Anirban Dev, head South Asia Dairy and Agriculture Secor, Dr Harish Kumar Verma director extension education GADVASU Ludhiana also imparted various information to the farmers.
AUSTRALIAN DELEGATES TOO PARTICIPATE:
A delegation from Australia too reached here to participate in the seminar. The delegation member Australian Trade Commission regional business manager said that the farmers should adopt modern means of farming and the Punjab's farmer was progressing towards commercial farming. He appreciated the efforts of Chief Minister Mr Parkash SIngh Badal for initiating project to improve the Sahiwal breed and added that the milk from Sahiwal cow was very healthy. Business Development Manager Australian Trade Commission Mr Anirben Deb said that Australia has suggested its farmers to conduct farming and dairy as per business models. He said that by improving the quality his product, the farmer can ask for better returns for his products.
Saturday, January 9, 2016