Punjab introduces subsidy scheme for buying livestock

Mukatsar (Punjab), Jan 11 (PTI) Punjab Deputy ChiefMinister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the state governmenthas introduced a new scheme for livestock, allowing buyers toget subsidy on purchase of livestock.

He said any person buying a livestock would get 25 percent subsidy and Scheduled Caste beneficiaries would get 33per cent subsidy, said an official release.

Speaking at Livestock Show and Milking Competition inwhich six thousand animals from all over the country vied forRs 1.25 crore prize money, Badal said that Punjab governmentwas committed to improve the breed of livestock.

He said it was setting up five new ultra modern cattlemandis equipped with quality veterinary care to give fillip tothe rapidly growing dairy industry.

He said that livestock show in which cattle from Punjab,Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand,Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan participated, has been organisedto encourage people to promote livestock breeding, horsebreeding, equestrian sports.

He expressed confidence that this competition wouldmotivate farmers to opt for high milk yielding buffaloes,cows, cross bred cows, goats, sheep, pig and poultry.

Announcing the acceptance of long pending demand ofveterinary doctors, Badal said that now all doctors workingin the villages and cities would have to work with totaldedication and any veterinary doctor found charging money fromthe farmers would be severely dealt with.

Badal said that to improve the quality of livestock, thestate government had imported one lakh injections of semen andkeeping in view the huge demand for these injections one lakhmore injections were being imported.

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