Four livestock farmers were honoured with Chief Minister's Award by Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) at Pashu Palan Mela on Friday.
GADVASU vice-chancellor VK Taneja gave away awards to progressive farmers. The award carries cash amount, plaque, shawl and citation.
In cattle category, Jagdeep Singh from Aasal village of Ferozepur district was awarded. Singh had initiated dairy farming in 2001 with a single buffalo. Twelve years on, now he got 277 animals, with 110 cattle are effectively producing around 15 quintal milk daily. He had established a milking parlour, ultra modern shed and bulk milk chiller. While adopting eco-friendly measures, he is producing biogas from his farm waste.
In poultry category, Raghuvir Chand from Tapa Mandi of Barnala district won the award. Raghuvir Chand started poultry farming in 1984 with 3,000 birds. Now he got 90,000 birds and 50,000 thousand chicks. His farm is fully automated and clean. Hygienic environment gives the farm a state-of-the-art look. He produces quality feed at his own mill.
Another farmer, Dalvir Singh Kang from Shamaspur village in Ludhiana district also bagged the award in poultry category. He started profession in 2001. Now, he has 2 lakh birds and 50,000 chicks. He has established his own feed mill and biogas plant. In addition, water supply system at the farm is completely underground for judicious use.
The fourth award was bagged by Gamdeen from Bhutta village of Fatehgarh Sahib in goat category. He started his ancestral profession 32 years back with just 10 goats. Now, he got 41 goats. Many of his goats are prize winners in livestock championships.
On this occasion, Ranjodhan Singh Sahota, director of extension education, said GADVASU was making all out efforts for the development of the livestock sector in Punjab by strengthening its extension programmes.
Taneja said creation of such awards would help motivating cattle farmers to learn and adopt the latest technologies and practices of animal farming. The awardees would also serve as models for all those who want to adopt animal farming, he added.