Chandigarh: The Punjab government will tie up with Israel-based Afimilk Company to provide technical support to state's farmers in order to promote dairy farming.

A decision to this effect was taken by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a meeting with a delegation of an Israeli company and members of Progressive Dairy Farmers' Association here on Tuesday.

Afimilk provides technical support to dairy farming sector world over and it also has world's highest yielding cows with 12,000 liters of milk per cow per year through intensive use of advanced technology.

Badal asked the delegation to provide their technical support to the dairy farmers in Punjab.

He also said that government would also constitute district-level committees to aware and assist the farmers and other interested ones about setting up of dairy farms.

Each committee would comprise officers of the district administration, and state's Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Department, besides the representatives of progressive dairy farmers, said Badal.

The Chief Minister also asked the Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development to chalk out the modalities for establishing 'Dairy Service Centers' (DSCs) equipped with modern machinery to be utilised for the common cause of dairy farms.

Badal also assured that all these machines would be provided to DSCs at subsidised rates.

Badal asked small farmers to adopt dairy farming as their occupation as food grain output in the state has reached a saturation point.

The Afimilk delegation comprised its Vice President (Sales), Bjarne Rune, Regional Manager Ronen Kull and In-charge Corporate Relations Abraham Yehuda.


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