Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has asked the animal husbandry department to prepare a conservation plan to introduce the high-yielding Sahiwal breed of milch cattle on a mass scale in the state.
The directions came after a Pakistani expert in Sahiwal cattle breeding, Mohammad Aftab Ahmad Khan Wattoo, called on the chief minister and gave his presentation on cattle breeding at an India-Pakistan seminar on the conservation of livestock breeds here on Thursday, a spokesman said.
Badal also approved to set up the Sahiwal Cattle Breeders’ Society in Punjab for a vigorous campaign to bring awareness to promote the Sahiwal breed for its commercial viability.
Wattoo, who is also the president of Sahiwal Cattle Breeders Society of Pakistani Punjab, has agreed to support and extend his cooperation for the promotion of the indigenous breed of Sahiwal in the state on the CM’s pursuance, the spokesman said.
On the occasion, Dr KC Jayan, a representative of the Vechur Conservation Trust, Kerala, apprised Badal of the Kasargod cow breed and the medicinal value of its milk.
Swami Chinmayanand of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan (Nurmahal, Jalandhar) and Baldev Singh from Namdhari Sangat also shared their expertise regarding the Sahiwal breed.