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Posted on Nov 29, 10:29PM | UNI
The Punjab government has formulated a comprehensive policy to preserve, protect, strengthen and improve the livestock thereby creating self employment avenues for the youth in the state.
This was stated here today by Animal Husbandry Minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur while presiding over the first meeting of the State Advisory Committee of Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries.
The Minister emphasised the need for promoting poultry, piggery and fisheries besides dairy development, with a view to improving economic prosperity and nutritional standards of the people of Punjab.
The government would also extend training facilities to the farmers for piggery and production of improved exotic breed piglets for supply to pig farmers for rearing.
Citing statistics, the Minister said that as per the latest livestock census carried out in 2007, there were 17.61 lakh cows and 50.04 lakh buffaloes in the state.
Out of these, the breedable cows and buffaloes were 10.31 lakh and 29.08 lakh respectively. Punjab was the major milk producing state in the country with an annual milk production of 94.23 lakh tonnes during 2010-11.
It contributed about nine per cent of the total milk production of the country though it had less than two per cent of the total cattle and buffalo population of the country. Per capita availability of milk in Punjab was 931 gm which was the highest in the country, he added.