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Free AI of 14 lakh milch cattles targeted in the state

Yadavindra S Rana | July 22, 2020 05:23 PM

UNA (HP):Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Fisheries and Animal Husbandry Minister Virendra Kanwar stated that free artificial insemination of around 13, 84, 400 breeding cows and buffaloes had been targeted across the state under National Artificial Insemination Scheme. “The second phase of this programme would be launched from August 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021 in all districts of Himachal under the National Gokul Mission to implement the White Revolution effectively. Under the scheme, free artificial insemination facility will be provided to livestock farmers at their doorstep to increase milk production by achieving high quality and best breed progeny” tells the Minister.
He further said that the state government was making every effort to make the farmer financially strong. Mr Kanwar says, “Increase in milk production will directly enhance the income of farmers. They will also be encouraged to use manure made from dung in their fields to promote natural farming. It will help in reducing dependence on chemical fertilizers”.
Under this Scheme, all the cattle rearer of each district will be provided free breeding facility to their breeding cows or buffaloes with the help of best breed semen seeds. Prior to artificial insemination, all such cattle will be registered with INAPH after marking them with a UID tag with a 12-digit animal Aadhaar number. Online uploading of details of artificial insemination, pregnancy test and progeny will be the main features of this programme.
The main objective of this Scheme is to improve the breed of indigenous cattle by providing better artificial insemination service to the milch cattle at their doorstep. This will help in controlling ailments in the cattle. By improving breed, increase in milk production of cattle will enhance the income of cattle breeders.
Other characteristic of this program is making names and phone numbers of artificial insemination technicians public for convenience of the livestock owners. Arrangements have, also, been made for publicity and dissemination through different mediums for informating livestock owners. Technicians performing artificial insemination will be given honorarium of Rs 50 per AI and Rs 100 per child born. Concerned deputy commissioner will directly supervise implementation and operation of this scheme.

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