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Foundation stone of frozen semen station laid in Purnea at Rs 64 crore
Tuesday, 15 May, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
The foundation stone of the frozen semen station in Maranga, Purnea, which was set up at an outlay of Rs 64 crore under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission with 100 per cent contribution from the Central government, was laid by Radha Mohan Singh, minister of agriculture and farmers’ welfare, Government of India.

Of the aforementioned amount, Rs 20 crore has already been released. Singh said, “Artificial insemination techniques can increase milk production and productivity. Currently, artificial insemination is being done by the Bihar State Milk Co-operative Federation Ltd [COMFED (Sudha)] in Bihar. For artificial insemination, semen from high-genetic merit bulls is needed.”

He added that post-Independence, this is the government that has been taking concrete steps for the welfare of farmers at the grassroot level. To improve the condition of farmers, prime minister Narendra Modi resolved to double their incomes by 2022, and in order to achieve this, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries are working wholeheartedly.

Singh elaborated that the frozen semen station in Purnea will be the first state-of-the-art semen production centre in the country. It will develop highly modern bull shade, semen processing lab, feed and godown, agricultural equipment and other facilities.

In this, 300 high-genetic merit bulls will be kept and 50 lakh semen doses will be produced per year. Red Sindhi, Bachaur, Gangatiri and Sahiwal breeds will also be kept. With the establishment of this semen station, the milk productivity of cows and buffaloes will increase rapidly in the state.

The minister said the Rashtriya Gokul Mission was initiated in December 2014 with an aim to conserve and develop indigenous breeds. Proposals from Bihar under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission in 2015 and 2017 have been approved with a sum of 133.26 crore. Under the scheme, Rs 52.40 crore has been released to the state.
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