Punjab would use latest techniques of Brazil to further improve the breed of Desi Cows in the State with the setting up of state of the art centre of excellence at a cost of Rs 35 crore in collaboration with Brazil.
After a bilateral meeting with a high level delegation from Brazil, Balbir Singh Sidhu Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister said the idea of this meeting was to bring about revolutionary advancement in the animal husbandry sector by using new techniques being adopted in Brazil.
He said that the state government has been fighting hard to usher in the crop diversification by encouraging the farmers to opt for subsidiary occupation like animal husbandry and dairy farming. He said that the Union Government is establishing five centre of excellence in the country out of which one would be set-up in the Punjab.
This Centre of Excellence would be catalyst breed of the indigenous cows besides facilitating the farmers for the IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) of their livestock, production sexed sorted semen and imparting training to the resource-persons on the latest technology and techniques to further sensitize farmers by them.
Tarcisio da Cruz Mesquita, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister, Belem, State of Para, Brazil said that the centre of excellence Kalsi, Uttarakhand Central Agriculture University, Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Motihari the with have been set-up technical help of experts from Brazil.
He revealed that Brazil had imported Indian breed Cows like Gir, Kankrage, Red Sindhi and Ongole and the breeds for further improved in Brazil and now Gir Cow is producing 86 liter milk per day, Kankrage 60 liter per day, Red Sindhi 50 liter milk in while Ongole Cow is producing 41 liter per day which is substantially larger quantity of milk these cows are producing India.
Later on, the Brazil delegation also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Haryana for assistance in Murrah breed improvement. A five-member Brazilian Delegation called on the Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister, O.P. Dhankar.
The delegation included Dr. Jose Ribamar Felipe Marques, Director, Buffalo Research and Development, Embrapa Eastern Amazon, Dr. Tarisio da Cruz Mesquita, Minister of Agriculture and Livestock and Dr. Guilherme Minssen, Technical Director, Federation of Agriculture and Livestock, Belem, State of Para, Brazil, and Dr. Jose Otavio Lemos, Animal Scientist, ABCZ High Director, Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil and Venugopal Badaravada, Brazilian Citizen cum Member of Central Advisory Committee, Rashtriya Gokul Mission, Government of India.
Additional Chief Secretary, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department, Sunil Gulati said the State is willing to go for exchange of semen and can provide good quality of Murrah semen. He said that the experts from Brazil would impart training to teachers, students and officers of the Department at Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Hisar. Initially the training programme would be organised for three months, he added.