The milk procurement in the State during 2015-16 has been enhanced to 19,25,93,745 kg thereby recording a growth of around 22% over last year. This has been discussed in the high level committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Aditya Prasad Padhi in Secretariat conference hall today wherein Secretary Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Sri Bishnupada Sethi presented the updates and outlined the issues for discussion.
Available data show, per day average milk procurement during 2014-15 was around 4,44, 473 kg which has been enhanced to per day average procurement of 5,23,710 kg during 2015-16. Similarly, the milk production in the State has also grown by 6% during the year 2014-15.
The total milk production during 2014-15 has been 1903,000 MT against the production of 1784,000 MT during 2013-14. The artificial insemination during 2015-16 has been around 15 lakhs which is more than the target. Around 10 lakh frozen semen doses are likely to be produced by end of this fiscal year. So far 628 infertility camps have been organized.
Reviewing the progress, Chief Secretary Sri Padhi directed the department to ensure 100% veterinary services to the live-stock farmers. The department has been asked to proactively provide veterinary services including appropriate animal feeding knowledge.
Secretary Sri Sethi informed that there has been no epidemic during last 3 years and the animal diseases have been controlled significantly. 27 district laboratories and 3 regional laboratories have been made functional to provide expert services for animal rearing and care. Apart from that around 1456 diary co-operative societies have also been provided with AI facilities.
OUAT Prof Susant Das, member of the committee said that Odisha has been the first State in registration of cattle and buffalo species with National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resource ( NBAGR) in post independence era. So far 4 cattle species namely Kahariar, Ghumusari, Motou, Binjharpuri and 2 buffalo species namely Kalahandi buffalo and Chilika buffalo have been registered with the agency because their unique indigenous genetic character.
The committee also discussed about the priority areas of bovine breeding policy. The identified priority areas included establishment embryo transfer technology laboratory, establishment of national bovine genomic center , setting up sex sorted seemen production technology, support for Goshala, early pregnancy diagnosis kit etc. The action plan of Rs. 32.36 cr for 2016-17 was discussed and approved in the meeting.
Manager, NDDB, Govt of India Sri S. Kasiraj, Director Veterinary Services Sri Pratap Chandra Das experts from OUAT along with senior officers from the department of Fisheries & Animal Resource Development participated in deliberations.