Chandigarh: To promote dairying as an alternative venture to agriculture, the state's dairy development department has launched a comprehensive training programme for young dairy farmers in Punjab.

Disclosing this in Chandigarh on Friday, Sarwan Singh Phillaur, Animal Husbandry Minister reiterated the commitment of the government to develop Punjab as a dairy state.

The Minister said that at present 3,000 trainees were getting training at these centres of 15-day duration and 600 trainees were attending 45-day training courses at different centres, where they are trained about the proper care of animals and basic treatments to ailing cattle.

The trainees are also being educated about the different schemes of banks for extending liberal loans. He said that in addition to eight existing training centres in Punjab, an integrated farm training centre would be set up in Gurdaspur shortly.

Besides providing hi-tech training to the young farmers in the fields of fisheries, poultry and dairying, a seed testing laboratory would also be set up in the upcoming
centre, said Phillaur. In order to facilitate the farmers adopting dairy farming, the state government has extended all technical and financial support to them in this venture.

Dairy development department has also developed a design for modern shed and to encourage better housing, a subsidy of Rs 1.50 lakh per cattle shed and Rs one lakh for buffalo shed has been provided.

He also said care was being taken to ensure setting up of modern cattle sheds with excellent living conditions for the animals as per the expert's advice. He said the dairy profession was a fast-growing one and there is excellent scope for earning better income from dairy under the present circumstances.


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