Need to increase milk yield to bring MP on top: Ajit Kesari

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Jan 2018 11:20:42


Staff Reporter,

A National workshop on ‘Prospects of Dairy Development in Madhya Pradesh’ was organised at Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University on Saturday. Chief guest on the occasion was Ajit Kesari (IAS), Principal Secretary, Animal Husbandry Department, Madhya Pradesh, while Dr V K Taneja, former Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Director General, Indian Council for Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi, Dr A K Shrivastava, Chairman, Agriculture Scientist Recruitment Board, New Delhi, K R Rao, Chief General Manager, NABARD, Bhopal, were special guests. Dr Prayag Datt Juyal, Vice-Chancellor, Nanaji Deshmukh Veterinary Science University, Jabalpur, presided over the programme. Addressing the workshop, Ajit Kesari said that Madhya Pradesh is third largest milk producer in the country with 2.7 crore animals. Milk production is less as compared to the available livestock. He expressed need to increase milk production to bring the State on top in milk production in the country.

He also added that cost of milk production should be curtailed to improve financial gains of farmers engaged in animal husbandry. Milk production capacity of every animal should be increased along with improving milk collection and sale for desired results. He urged veterinarians to develop their own dairy farming to improve quality of milk production. Madhya Pradesh Government is providing subsidy for establishment of dairy industry but there is need to encourage people to avail its benefits.

Principal Secretary Kesari informed that 85 per cent of the cows available in State are nondescript and emphasised on need to improve indigenous cow species. Thereafter, Ajit Kesari conducted inspection of Veterinary College and Hospital, Panch Gavya Production Unit and School of Wildlife Forensic and Health and sought information about ongoing improvements.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr V K Taneja said that they need to pay special attention on promotion of animal husbandry and horticulture to achieve target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. K R Rao detailed about financial assistance under different schemes being provided by NABARD. A K Shrivastava informed that better management of indigenous cow species is best key to curtail expenditure and increase income of farmers. He added that indigenous cows are much efficient than other species as they have better resistance. During national workshop, Dr SNS Parmar, Dr RPS Baghel, Dr Y P Sahani, Dr O P Shrivastava, Dr G P Mishra, Dr HKB Parekh, Dr Madhu Swamy, Dr R K Sharma, Dr S P Shukla, Dr M K Mehta, Dr S K Joshi, Dr R K Sharma and others were present.