Chandigarh: The Punjab government on Thursday said it will set up a 'Herd Registration Authority' to compile comprehensive data of all animals in the state.

With the growing demand of quality milch cattle, it was necessary to have complete record of such cattle and it could be possible only through Herd Registration Authority, said Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.

The dairy sector was rapidly emerging as most viable income alternative for uplifting rural economy, he said while presiding over a seminar on 'New Strategies for the upliftment of Rural Economy, Vision-2017,'

The event was organised by the Punjab State Veterinary Officers Association (PSVOA) to mark the World Veterinary Day here.

Badal also said availability of quality veterinary services to animal breeders was another important aspect.

Keeping in view the encouraging response to the recently set up 19 polyclinics, the state government has decided to cover all 80 blocks with one polyclinic each in next three years, he added.

Punjab was the only state in the country which had set up 4 ultramodern cattle mandis to facilitate the smooth sale and purchase of animals, besides providing the cattle owners a decent platform for trading, he said.

The state government was also contemplating setting up a horse race course and dog racing centre in Ludhiana district.

Badal said keeping in view of the over whelming response to the concept of animal championships in last few years, the state government has decided to streamline this concept by organising such championships from block to state.

Badal also said the state government was all set to launch its annual recruitment policy so that the efficiency of any department didn't suffer due to shortage of staff.

(Agencies)

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