Informing that the government will soon set up new dairies at the Copardem Farm, located in Sattari taluka, the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, on Monday, said that monitoring would also be taken up for the new Kamdhenu (Sudharit) scheme of the government,
wherein milch animals are purchased by the agents and sold to the farmers at cattle melas, held at Copardem and Dhat Mollem.
Replying to a related question during the Question Hour, the Chief Minister stated that till date, altogether 1,324 cows have been provided under the particular scheme, and monitoring of this scheme would include study of the milk yield by
“The monitoring report will show a clear direction in which the scheme is proceeding,” he added, pointing out that the exercise of collecting data of every animal supplied under the scheme, during past 7 to 8 months has already started, and this data would be preserved for at least 2 years, so as to find if the scheme is succeeding or not.
The Chief Minister also assured the House that the government, within next 3 to 4 weeks, will advertise for registration of more agents to provide cattle to the beneficiary farmers under the scheme. “If more agents register themselves with the department of animal husbandry, it would not only end the carteling, but also ensure that the resulting competition reduces the prices of the cattle,” he maintained, informing that the government would further undertake the cross breeding of local varieties of cows, which could take a little more time.
The leader of the opposition, Mr Pratapsingh Rane pointed out that most of the cattle in the country suffer from Brucellosis disease and the state should be careful while importing cattle. The Chief Minister, in response said that the government will ensure disease-free animals arriving in
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said that the new Kamdhenu (Sudharit) scheme is being run on trial basis and the government is open for improvement without any reservations. “If the government can increase milk production in Goa up to 3 to 3.50 lakh liters, it will have potential to generate employment for at least 10,000 to 15,000 youth,” he noted, opining that quality breeding under the breeding policy of the government can increase the quality of livestock in the state, in turn increasing milk production.
The Chief Minister also informed about the insurance policy if one of the udders of the milch cattle goes non-functional. He also lamented that the previous government had recruited excess bull attendants, including ladies in the department of animal husbandry. [NT]