INDIA - In order to improve its cattle breed, India will soon set up two cattle breeding centers in North and South region.
The centres which will be called Kamdhenu will be set up with an investment of $ 8.30 million.
The breeding centres are part of Rashtriya Gokul mission scheme that has been put in place to conserve and improve the welfare of the indigenous breed of the country.
“The centres are expected to be operational in next two months,” Indian agriculture minister, Radha Mohan Singh said recently.
“In many countries, there are national centres for rearing and breeding of domestic or indigenous breeds, but there were none in India. Therefore, we have decided to set up such specialised centres in the country,” Singh stressed.
Singh said that a meeting with the state animal husbandry ministers was slated to take place on September 16, 2014, to chalk out plans for the implementation of the dairy development programme.
“And discussions were needed with the state governments, because states were the nodal agency for the implementation of the schemes and plans,” the minister adds.
This is apart from the government initiative of other mission to take care of indigenous breeds of cows across the country.
Singh also asked the industry to look into the opportunities in the dairy sector and participate in the breeding and rearing of indigenous breeds.