Haryana to open vet institutions in 'Gaushalas'

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Chandigarh, Nov 27 (UNI) The Haryana government has decided to open a veterinary institution in every 'Gaushala' in the state having a population of 2000 cattle or more.

This was stated by a spokesman for the Haryana Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department here today.

He said the department had taken various steps for the improvement of genetic stock with special attention towards preservation, multiplication and improvement of indigenous germplasm such as Murrah breed of Buffaloes and Hariana and Sahiwal breeds of cows.

The spokesman said that Rs one crore had been specifically earmarked for improving Murrah germplasm during the year 2007-08.

He said that under this programme top quality animals would be identified with an ultimate objective of establishing a gene pool of this unique germplasm for future breeding.

He said in order to make the state disease free, a comprehensive programme for control of Foot and Mouth Disease was being implemented at a cost of Rs 3.30 crore during the current financial year.

He said a provision of Rs 12.15 crore had been made to provide veterinary medicines and life saving drugs. In order to provide quality veterinary services, selected district hospitals were to be upgraded into super specialty hospitals (polyclinics) in a phased manner.

UNI

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