Rohtak, Sep 14 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today announced to set up a Veterinary University at Hisar where research activities relating to improvement of cattle breeds would be carried out and quality Murrah breed of buffaloes would be exported from the state.
The Chief Minister, who was addressing a gathering during an incentive distribution function to top quality Murrah Buffalo owners at Chhotu Ram Stadium here said that the government would soon export top quality Murrah buffaloes from the state and for this a policy would be announced.
He said that there was a great demand of Murrah buffaloes throughout the world and with the export of these, farmers would benefit.
Mr Hooda also said that in the coming few days the the state government would decalre the Murrah breed as 'Black Gold'.
The Chief Minister also said that with a view to improve the Murrah breed, the Haryana Government had already sent a project to the Central Government for its approval. He hoped that the project would soon be sanctioned which would help in getting more financial assistance for the breed improvement programme run by the State Government.
To promote livestock, Mr Hooda said that the State Government had taken a number of steps. In this series, during the last three and half years, the government had increased the budget of Animal Husbandry Department to Rs 92 crore.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister also announced to increase the incentive price money being given to the best Murrah breed buffalo owners.
Mr Hooda said that it is a matter of pride that Haryana is at the number one position in milk production in the country. He asserted that during the last three years, an amount of Rs 10.80 crore had already been given to different 'Gaushalas' in the state.
The Chief Minister said that a veterinary dispensary would be set up in those Gaushalas having more than 2000 cows. Similarly, a veterinary hospital would also be set up in the Gaushalas having more than 3000 cows.
On this occasion, the Chief Minister gave away cheques of incentive money worth Rs 4.72 crore to the Murrah buffalo owners who came from throughout the state.
Earlier, the Chief Minister also went around an exhibition of Murrah breed buffaloes.
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