Sarwan Singh Phillaur, animal husbandry and fisheries minister, Punjab, on Monday said the state government had formulated an extensive strategy to preserve and improve livestock with the aim of increasing milk production.
"The department is engaged in improving the breed of livestock species in order to raise their productivity. Quality health care and vaccination services are also being rendered to the livestock of the state," he added.
The minister said superior quality germ-plasm from the best bulls of exotic origin would be imported for the breed improvement programme launched in the state.
Phillaur said animal health services were being extended to the entire livestock population of the state through a well-equipped network of 2,852 veterinary institutions, which would be strengthened by providing multi-specialty veterinary services, especially in rural areas.
For the prevention of major livestock diseases, the vaccination programme would be reinforced by adopting latest scientific techniques, the minister said. To counter the effect of worm infestation on animal health, periodic deworming of animals would be done in Pashu Rog Niwaran Melas to be organised in villages on a regular basis. Latest diagnostic tests would be performed for timely and proper diagnosis of various diseases, Phillaur added.