Chandigarh: The total annual milk production in Haryana has increased to 66.61 lakh tonnes in 2011-12 from 52.59 lakh tonnes in 2010-11.
    
The per capita per day availability of milk in the state has also shot up to 708 gm as against the national average of 262 gm.
    
"This has been made possible with consistent and sustainable support of the state government to the animal husbandry sector," a spokesman of Animal Husbandry and Dairying Department said here on Wednesday.
    
He said the state government has taken a number of steps to ensure inclusive development in the animal husbandry and dairying sector. He added that the state government has introduced a scheme to conserve, propagate and develop the world famous Murrah breed.
    
"Under this scheme, the farmers are provided an attractive cash incentive ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 on the basis of average daily peak milk yield. "A total of 53,415 buffaloes have been identified during last seven years and Rs 26.85 crore has been distributed as incentive to the farmers. This popular scheme has resulted in procurement and conservation of good quality Murrah germ-plasm for the state as well as for the nation," he said.
    
The spokesman added that the government has also decided to establish a "Gau Sewa Aayog" to properly maintain and control the 'Gaushalas' for protection and welfare of the cows.

(Agencies)

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