Intensifying its campaign to enhance per capita availability of milk, the Haryana government has decided to set up a Centre of Excellence for Animal Husbandry and Dairying at Hissar with the help of Israeli technology.
While stating this in Chandigarh on Saturday, an official spokesman said that the Center of Excellence would be established at a cost of Rs 15 crore under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna. It would be established in the already existing State Cattle Breeding Project at Government Livestock Farm, Hissar and would extensively use the Total Mixed Ration (TMR) Technology of Israel.
The major objective of the proposed centre is to establish a model dairy farm with Israel’s cost-effective and innovative dairy technologies accustomed to local conditions for achieving an intensive dairy production system of global standards. Also, this centre of excellence is aimed at training the farmers of Haryana about Israel’s technology on raising the productivity of dairy sector in India, he added.
Initially customised modern dairy sheds for 110 cows with a potential of expanding it to 300 cows, heifer sheds, feed centre, milking parlour, mini dairy plant, class room, visitors’ gallery and waste water treatment plant would be established under the project. He said that the centre would import best Holstein Friesian germplasm in the form of Frozen Semen, directly from Israel. There would be a nuclear herd to serve as a base for genetic improvement and source of quality germplasm for potential breeders and entrepreneurs. The centre would use Israeli technology for cooling of animals and providing controlled environment to mitigate the adverse effects of heat stress on production performance of animals, he added.
He said that the state government is taking effective steps to increase milk production in the state. Under ‘Mukhya Mantri Dugdh Utpadak Protsahan Yojna’, the state government has increased subsidy from Rs four per litre to Rs five per litre of milk to be paid to producers and dairy farmers. With a view to provide social security to stockmen, financial assistance of Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 was being provided to the stockmen under ‘Mukhyamantri Dudharu Pashu Suraksha Yojna’ in case of death of milch cattle ‘, he added.