Chandigarh: The Punjab government has chalked out an extensive work plan across the state under the National Dairy plan, with a view to improving the genetic potential of the livestock through scientific breeding.

An amount of Rs 32.86 crore would be spent on strengthening and upgrading the Nabha and Ropar semen banks, an official spokesman said in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

He said that 34.25 lakh frozen semen straws have been produced in these semen banks during the year 2010-11 as against the target of 31 lakh. This semen straws production would be doubled by 2017, he said.

To increase milk production, adequate steps have been taken by the government by accelerating genetic progress, the proportion of milch animals bred through Artificial Insemination (AI) is raised substantially.
    
For providing specialized multi-disciplinary services for diagnosis and treatment of complicated diseases of animals, well equipped Polyclinics were functioning, the spokesman said. During the current fiscal year, 51,932 cases were treated by experts of these polyclinics, he said.

In addition 5,053 minor operations and 1,173 major operations were also performed. Besides, 870 X-rays were also taken by experts of these polyclinics. In order to strengthen the existing veterinary facilities at sub divisional level veterinary hospitals, senior veterinary officers have been posted at sub divisional hospitals in addition to the existing posts of veterinary officers, the spokesman said.

(Agencies)

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