Punjab committed to betterment of livestock: Badal

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Moga, Jan 12 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that the state government was determined to provide better health care to the animals by settingup four new polyclinics at Amritsar, Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Fatehgarh Sahib with all modern facilities.

Besides, the Chief Minister said that the state government has decided to release sum of Rs 20 crore for providing better infrastructure facilities for animals in the existing 10 polyclinics functioning in the state.

Mr Badal was addressing a large gathering on the concluding day of three-day state-level livestock championship at Muktsar this evening.

About 1100 animals participated in the various competitions. The Chief Minister distributed sum of Rs 25 lakh prizes to the winners of competitions.

The Chief Minister also announced that live stock championship will be an annual feature to mark the Maghi festival at Muktsar.

From next year prize money will be doubled to Rs 50 lakh, he said.

To encourge dairying in the state the chief minister called upon the youth to adopt dairy farming, beginning with 10 animals and assured adequate financial assistance from various financial institutions with easy instalments Mr Badal stressed that to improve condition of the farmers, bredding and rearing superior quality of animals and adopting allied professions was the need of the hour.

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