Chandigarh, February 23: To further promote Dairying as an alternative venture to the agriculture, the Dairy Development Department has launched a comprehensive training Programme for young dairy farmers in the state. Disclosing this here today, Mr. Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Animal Husbandry Minister Punjab reiterated the commitment of the Punjab government to develop Punjab as a Dairy State.
The Minister also said that at present 3000 trainees were getting training at these centers of 15 days duration and 600 trainees were attending 45 days training courses at different training centers, where they were trained about the proper care of animals and basic treatments to the ailing cattle. The trainees were also being educated about the different schemes of banks for extending liberal loans. He said that in addition to eight existing training centers in Punjab, an Integrated Farm Training Center would be set up in Gurdaspur shortly. Besides providing hi-tech training to the young farmers in the fields of Fisheries, poultry and dairying, a Seed Testing Laboratory would also be set up in the upcoming center, said Mr. Phillaur.
In order to facilitate the farmers adopting dairy farming, the state government has extended all technical and financial support to them in their highly lucrative venture. Dairy Development Department, Punjab has also developed a design of modern shed and to encourage better housing, a subsidy of Rs. 1.50 Lac per cattle shed and Rs. 1.00 Lac for buffalo shed was provided. He also ensured of setting up modern cattle sheds with excellent living conditions for the animals as per the advice of experts. He said that dairy profession was fast growing and there was excellent scope for earning better income from dairy in the present circumstances.
All the dairy animals purchased with bank loans were covered with insurance, premium of which is paid by the government similarly; other incentives are also being provided for the purchase of machinery and equipments required for mechanization of dairy farm operations. He affirmed and extended full support to the dairy farmers’ to make best use of the opportunities available in developing Punjab as a Dairy State a reality, a dream envisaged by every Punjabi.