Punjab’s smallest horse, Salman, was superstar of the district-level livestock championship and milking competition on Friday at Chappar Chiri village near SAS Nagar.
Standing 23 inches, the animal was sourced from England by Bakarpur-based Uday stud farm. Visitors posed for selfies and pictures with the hero that came with a price tag of Rs 4 lakh. This Salman feeds on grass and groundnuts.
Inaugurating the event, chief parliamentary secretary for industries and commerce NK Sharma said livestock was one of the major contributing sector of the state’s economy and farmers should come into it to supplement their income.
Livestock contests will encourage farmers to come out of the wheat-and-paddy cultivation cycle, the CPS has said. “Punjab will host Progressive Punjab National Livestock Expo at Muktsar, inviting not only experts but also farmers from other states,” he said.
Referring to the food-processing sector, Sharma said the Punjab government was committed to expanding it for the overall development of farmers. “ITC is coming up with a Rs 1,400-crore food-processing plant at Kapurthala, while at the last Progressive Punjab Investors Summit, the state has signed 57 memorandums of understanding with food-processing companies,” said Sharma.