Rajasthan Agriculture Minister Harjiram Burdak has said the State Government was committed to promoting animal husbandry and livelihood-oriented works associated with it to ensure additional income to farmers.

Addressing a workshop of veterinary doctors in Alwar on Monday, Mr. Burdak said the Veterinary University in the State – one of the eight functioning in the country – was running several programmes for improving the livestock breeds and protecting them against diseases.

Mr. Burdak called upon the veterinary experts to use their specialised knowledge to speed up research for improvement of breeds and popularise animal husbandry among farmers. “The livelihood aspect of animal husbandry should be the greatest attraction for the rural populace,” he said.

Kraya-Vikraya Sahakari Samiti's chairperson Mahendra Shastri said the livestock formed an important component of rural life in the desert State and all attempts should be made to raise healthy and strong cattle.