Governor Lalji Tandon said that the university should conduct a campaign for improvement of cow breed. University should not be dependent only on grants, but should develop sources of income and become self-reliant. He said that universities should work on a comprehensive scheme of cow protection and conservation in mission mode.
Implement the use of new technology in integrated manner in breed improvement, fodder and milk production.
Tandon was reviewing the Nanaji Deshmukh University of Veterinary Sciences, Jabalpur at Raj Bhavan. At the initiative of the Governor, a decision was taken that the grant will be provided by the Animal Husbandry Department to the University for running 10 Gaushalas of 100 cows each.
The Governor said that saving cow progeny is the biggest challenge at present. To change this scenario, university must work on a comprehensive project of cow rearing. He further mentioned that the university should consider an initiative to use stray cows as surrogated mother in the university by using modern technology. University should set a goal to produce high breed calves of indigenous breed. The sale of calves will reduce the economic dependency of the university.
Similarly, the work to produce fodder should also be done in a new way. There are such bags of fodder available in the market, in which green fodder can be kept safe for one and a half months. While the fodder produced will meet the dietary needs of the university's cattle, its sale will also increase and improve the production of milk in the region. The villagers will be encouraged by familiarizing themselves with the benefits of animal husbandry, he added.
Tandon mentioned that the university must pay special stress on publicity of the efforts of value oriented activities. Work pertaining to development of resources should be given priority to make the new project self-sustainable. He further stated that a scheme to install bio-gas plant is being run by the Indian Oil Corporation, under the scheme the company along with installing the plant, buys the gas produced in it. The residue from the plant is also a rich fertilizer, by releasing the same in the pond, multiple increase can be made in fish production. He expected that the university will try to reach out to the farmers by showing successful experiments of new technology. He said that efforts are also necessary to improve the fertility of cows. Examples are before us for producing many advanced breeds in a year with new technology. By expanding it the work to improve the indigenous breed should be done. He said that due to marketism, foreign companies will never promote indigenous breeds. The Central Government is laying special emphasis on the indigenous breed improvement programme. With the help of the programme, miraculous results can be achieved in one-and-a-half years.