Special Correspondent

Fodder banks, cowsheds to be set up in drought-hit taluks

  • 200 primary veterinary service centres upgraded
  • Veterinary diagnostic laboratories to be set up in all districts

    SHIMOGA: Minister for Veterinary Services and Animal Husbandry Revu Naik said on Monday that 133 veterinary doctors had been appointed while the process was on to recruit 41 additional veterinary doctors.

    Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Naik said 3,510 posts were vacant in the department of which 835 were of veterinary doctor.

    He said the Government had plans to establish fodder banks, cowsheds and purchase fodder and medicines at a cost of Rs. 42.74 crore in 116 taluks of the 23 districts which had been declared drought-hit.

    He said the Government had introduced "Jana Shree", an insurance scheme for sheep owners. Under the scheme, the owner would have to pay Rs.10 a sheep as premium while the Government would contribute Rs. 40. If the sheep died accidentally, its owner would get a compensation of Rs. 1,500 each. Mr. Naik said 200 primary veterinary service centres had been upgraded to full-fledged veterinary dispensaries apart from setting up 69 centres. This was done in accordance with the recommendations of the D.M. Nanjundappa Committee.

    He said there were 294 veterinary hospitals, 1,451 veterinary dispensaries, 1,456 primary veterinary centres, 400 artificial insemination centres and 173 mobile veterinary clinics in the State.

    It had been decided to set up well-equipped diagnostic laboratories in all districts at a cost of Rs. 50 lakh each and the process of appointing laboratory technicians was on.

    He said that a proposal had been sent to the Centre seeking assistance to take up research to improve the "Malenadu Gidda" breed of cow in the Malnad region. The Government had released Rs. 7.44 crore for the proposed Government Veterinary Sciences Degree College to be set up at Sominakoppa on the outskirts of the city, the Minister said. The college was functioning temporarily from the Sahyadri Science College here with 27 students.

    He said the Government had sanctioned Rs. 50 lakh for the Regional Veterinary Laboratory of the Animal Health and Bioresearch Institute in Shimoga.

    It had been decided to supply 300 tonnes of maize to poultry farmers at a subsidised rate of Rs. 450 and 1.5 per cent market cess a quintal.

    Ten beneficiaries in Shimoga district would get sheep rearing units under the marginal money scheme introduced by the Karnataka Sheep and Wool Development Corporation.