Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 5:
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the workshop on “Odisha Bovine Breeding Policy-2015” here at Jaydev Bhawan.
“The livestock sector is an inclusive sector that leads to economic empowerment of women and weaker sections. This sector contributes around 18 percent of the total State Agriculture Gross Domestic Product in Odisha. Milk production in the state has increased by 6 percent during 2014-15 whereas procurement by OMFED has grown by 22 percent. Similarly, egg and chicken production has been increased substantially,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.
He said the state government has taken a significant step in announcing a comprehensive Bovine Breeding Policy for the overall growth of dairy sector. This policy will assist in upgrading the genetic potentiality of dairy animals to enhance their productivity.
“The policy will also enable the farmers to produce productive dairy animals suitable to our local conditions. Odisha Livestock Resource Development Society will spearhead bovine breeding activities in the state and the breeding assets will be transferred to society,” he added.
Omfed will soon start exclusive procurement and marketing of Bijharpuri cow milk and Chilika buffalo milk under premium brands which will help in better conservation and development of these indigenous breeds. Besides, it will also set up an automated dairy plant at the cost of Rs.285 Crore to meet the future needs of the state. A programme has been worked out for taking up fodder cultivation in 75 thousand hectares of area during the current Rabi season, he informed.
During the day-long workshop, as many as 155 Veterinary Assistant Surgeons were given their appointment letters.
“The state sovernment has taken the initiative to fill up the vacant posts in various departments on a priority basis. I am personally monitoring the recruitment process. I am happy that 155 Veterinary Assistant Surgeons are getting their appointment letters today. I wish them good luck and expect that they will fulfill the needs of our livestock farmers,” he expressed.