After successfully promoting Murrah breed of buffaloes at the national level, the Haryana government is now working to conserve and popularise the indigenous breeds of cows.
According to director general of department of animal husbandry, GS Jakhar, the state had seen a considerable growth in the number of cows in the recent years.
“In the 2013-14 animal census, number of cows was about 17 lakh whereas it was recorded at 15.5 lakh in the previous year. It is important to maintain a comprehensive databank to come out with promotion programmes of cows in the state,” he told reporters on Friday.
Jakhar was here to chair a function on the World Veterinary Day, organised by the National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI) and this year’s global theme is “animal welfare”.
Jakhar said that indigenous breeds of cows, including Haryana, Sahiwal and Tharparkar, were known for their dairy quality and had an immense scope to play in meeting the growing demand of milk.
“In 2013-14, Haryana had produced 74.40 lakh tonnes of milk and the milk production is growing at an average of 7%. Despite a small state, the dairy sector has witnessed growth more than the neighbouring Punjab,” he said.
He said the state government was planning to acquire the sophisticated facility of ‘sex-sorting’ that enables scientists to determine gender of an animal by the weight of chromosome.
No institute in India has the unique facility that sort semen to control gender at the time of impregnation of an animal.
“Since it is a patented technology developed in the USA, there are several issues including royalty payment, its installation by the experts from the parent company etc. Sex-sorting technology would help us in enhancing milk production by multiplying the known breeds of animals with a limited number of cattle head,” he said.
Jakhar said that the state government was working on genetic improvement of dairy animals under the National Dairy Plan to meet the milk’s demand.