Rishikesh :The first Sheep and Goat artificial insemination laboratory for breed improvement in the state has been established

Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Animal Husbandry Minister Saurabh Bahuguna and Forest Minister Subodh Uniyal inaugurated 

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Manoj Rautela Reports:
Rishikesh: The first sheep and goat artificial insemination laboratory for breed improvement in the state has been established. Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Animal Husbandry Minister Saurabh Bahuguna and Forest Minister Subodh Uniyal inaugurated the  first Lab in the Uttarakhand. Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Dr. Sanjeev Balyan said that India’s economy is largely dependent on agriculture. For the farmer, his fields and cattle are his property. That is why the central government is paying special attention to agriculture and animal husbandry. He stressed on the importance of its implementation at the grassroots level along with adopting advanced technology in animal breeding from the livestock owners.
In Uttarakhand, the state government has taken an initiative in collaboration with the central government to increase the income of livestock farmers. The first sheep and goat artificial insemination laboratory has been established for breed improvement in the state. Union Minister of State for Animal Husbandry Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Animal Husbandry Minister Saurabh Bahuguna and Forest Minister Subodh Uniyal inaugurated the laboratory established at Pashulok on Barrage Road on Friday. Dr. Balian also inspected the lab along with the officers of Animal Husbandry Department. Also took important information related to the laboratory from the officials. He said that there are a good number of sheep and goats in Uttarakhand. He said that now having good semen and artificial insemination facilities will not only improve the breed, but will also increase the income of cattle owners by getting better quality wool.

The Union Minister said that Uttarakhand would emerge as a fine wool producing state in the coming 10 years under the guidance of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister. Animal Husbandry Department Secretary BVRC Purushottam, Secretary Arminakshi Sundaram, Animal Husbandry Department Director Dr. Prem Kumar, Additional Director Dr. Avinash Anand, Project Coordinator Dr. Kamal Singh, Veterinary Officer from Dehradun Dr. KK Mishra were present on the occasion.

Artificial Insemination has been done in about 3000 sheep and goats till present-

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In the laboratory in December 2019, high quality marino rams imported from Australia and semen of goats of Sirohi, Barbari, Jamunapari, Beetle, Jakhrana species will be produced and transmitted widely in the state. Breed improvement work is to be done in sheep and goats in the state. This will increase the wool quality of sheep as well as increase in the weight of sheep and goats and will improve the livelihood and standard of living of sheep and goat farmers. Under the scheme operated through Uttarakhand Sheep and Wool Development Board, artificial insemination has been done in about 3000 sheep and goats till present.

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