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Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh said that this is the first government after Independence that has been taking concrete steps for the welfare of farmers at the grassroot level. To improve the condition of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken a resolution to double their income by 2022 and in order to achieve this, the Ministry of Agriculture along with the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries are working wholeheartedly. The Minister said this at the foundation stone laying ceremony of frozen semen station in Maranga, Purnea.
He said that the frozen semen station in Maranga, Purnea is being set up at a cost of Rs 64 crore under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission with 100 per cent contribution from the Central Government. Out of this, Rs 20 crore has already been released. He said the artificial insemination techniques can increase milk production and productivity. Currently, the artificial insemination is being done by CMOFED (Sudha) in Bihar. For artificial insemination, semen from high genetic merit bulls is needed.
He said, “The frozen semen station in Purnea will be the first state-of-the-art semen production center of the country. The center will develop highly modern bull shade, semen processing lab, feed and godown, agricultural equipment, and other facilities. In this, 300 high genetic merit bulls will be kept and 50 lakhs of semen dose will be produced per year. Red Sindhi, Bachaur, Gangatiri, Sahiwal breeds will also be kept. With the establishment of this semen station, milk productivity of cows and buffaloes will increase rapidly in the state.”
The Minister mentioned that there is no center in Bihar for mass production of semen. The capacity of semen center in Patna is low and it is not capable of producing quality semen. For artificial insemination, 65 lakhs animals are available every year for which 214 lakhs of semen doses per year are required. Currently, Bihar is dependent on other states for semen doses and semen of species such as Bachaur, Gangatiri found in the state is also not available in other states due to which these breeds can’t be developed. The State Government presently procures semen dose worth Rs 52 crore per year. This amount will be saved with the establishment of semen stations.
He revealed, “Due to low production of milk in the state, farmers are not able to get benefit of their labour. There are 1.22 crore cows and 75 lakh buffaloes in the state. Of the 1.22 crore cows, about 68 lakh cows are non-descript, whose production is less than 2 kg per day. With the promotion of these animals, milk production in Bihar can be increased at a fast pace and thus the income of farmers can be increased.”
The Minister said that daily milk production of Bihar’s indigenous breed is 3.3 kg whereas India’s average is 3.54 kg per day. The average production of Shankar breed of cows is 6.53 kg per day in Bihar whereas the all-India average is 7.52 kg. Similarly the average daily production of buffaloes is 4.3 kg per day in Bihar whereas the all-India average is 5.25 kg.
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