Government will take measures to bring new technology, investment in animal husbandry: Giriraj Singh

New Delhi, September 4 () The government will focus on providing technology and investments in animal husbandry to boost growth in this neglected sector and increase farmers' incomes, Union Minister Giriraj Singh said Wednesday.

Singh, who is the minister of fisheries, animal husbandry and dairy, expressed concern about street cattle, said the government is exploring ways to address this problem and hoped to introduce some mechanism or model in the next six months.

Animal husbandry has remained a neglected sector. The sector was not given due importance after the country's independence. Now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has forged a separate ministry, so we will take steps to make this sector vibrate and attract investments to increase productivity and growth, he told reporters here.

Through the introduction of new technologies in this sector, Singh said that productivity could be substantially increased, making it attractive for private investment.

We will link the livestock sector to the market to encourage job creation, he added.

The minister said the government is introducing semen technology classified by sex to ensure more calves are born. We are targeting 30 lakh annual doses at the beginning.

He said this technology will be developed locally to reduce the cost.

Other technologies such as IVF (in vitro fertilization) will also be used to increase productivity.

The minister said the government will also focus on the conservation of the indigenous breed of cattle. He said the marking process has been completed in 2.8 crore won.

To address the issue of street cattle, Singh said: I am trying to create a model in the next 4 to 6 months.

The model will be based on technology and will be linked to agriculture, he said, but did not give more details.

The minister said that a pilot project was initiated in the Anand de Gujarat district to promote zero-budget agriculture and that, based on success, it would be replicated throughout the state and then across the country. The Minister of State for Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Sanjeev Balyan stressed the need for public-private partnerships (PPP) to boost investment and growth in this sector. MJH MJH HRS

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