Punjab to start 3 new dairy training institutes

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Roopnagar, Nov 8 (UNI) The Punjab Government would start three new rural dairy training institutes in the state to train new entrepreneurs.

''These dairy training institutes coming up at village Abul Khurana in Muktsar, village Gill in Moga and village Verka in Amritsar, would provide dairy training to more than 800 trainees in a year,'' Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Dairy Development Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike said, while addressing the farmers after laying foundation stone of a hostel at dairy training centre Chatamali near Kurali.

''The agriculture profession is no longer a profitable business due to high rates of inputs and costs of production but the dairying has prominently evolved as an alternative profitable venture for the unemployed, progressive farmers and new entrepreneurs to start with low costs as cottage industry,'' he said.

Stressing upon to setup commercial dairy units, Mr Ranike said the Punjab Government had enhanced budgetary provisions for dairy development to Rs 13,600 lakh in the 11th five year plan as compared to the Rs 565.56 lakh for the 10th five year plan.

The dairy department would stress upon to provide modern and professional training, registration of milching animals, better quality of milk, feed and fodder, hybrid artificial insemination, timely marketing information to the milk producers and to help the entrepreneurs to obtain bank loans, he added.

Mr Ranike said the dairy training centre Chatamali, in collaboration with IGNOU, had launched one year dairy technology diploma course besides other six monthly and short term dairy training courses. More than 800 youth and farmers had been trained by this centre during the last year.

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