To promote indigenous breeds of cattle and shelter stray cows, the Yogi Adityanath government in UP has decided to bestow an award of Rs 5 lakh to the best kept gaushalas and to the dairy farmers who are be able to develop the best herd of high milk yeilding desi cows.
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With the intention of putting a premium on indigenous breeds of cattle to produce more milk, the UP government has decided to bestow the ‘Nand Baba’ award to the farmer or gaushala or breeding societies maintaining the best desi cow. The announcement was made by the Dairy Farming Minister of the state, Lakshmi Narayan Chaudhury at the Gokul prize distribution ceremony held in Institute of Sugarcane Research.
When announcing the decision, the minister said that despite India being the highest milk producing country in the world, considering the area of the country, the country had much more potential. And it is to bring out that potential that the UP government has decided to bestow an award of Rs 50 thousand at the district level and Rs 1 lakh at the state level to whoever is able to develop the best breeds of desi cow.
In order to increase milk collection services, the government has decided to engage children of gaushala dairy farmers to regularly help out with swift work of Data Processing Milk Collection Units deployed for collecting milk. These units determines the quality of milk by recognizing the amount of fat saturated in the milk, which helps to determine a specific value for the milk.
Already 800 milk collection data units are functional and more are to be made operational soon, principal secretary of the dairy farming department stated. He added that Animal Health Fair would be organized regularly in the state to take care of the health of the livestock. This year the fair is scheduled to start from 22nd October at Shahjahanpur.