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One lakh milch cows and buffaloes to be covered this year

  • B.Tech programme in Food Processing from this academic year
  • Sheep research centre coming up at Tirunelveli
  • Poultry Diseases Research Centre to be set up at Namakkal

    CHENNAI: Livestock insurance, to protect the poor against loss of their cattle, will be introduced in Tamil Nadu with assistance from the Centre, Animal Husbandry Minister Geetha Jeevan said in the Assembly on Tuesday.

    Replying to a debate on the demand for grants to the Animal Husbandry department, she said the pioneering effort would be introduced this year in Coimbatore, Erode, Salem, Namakkal and Vellore districts. One lakh milch cows and buffaloes would be insured.

    Life support scheme

    A life support scheme would also be implemented to train self-help groups of women and rural youth interested in livestock rearing. Once it was completed, the trainees would be given milch cows, sheep and poultry. Asian Development Bank would provide assistance to implement the scheme in the 13 coastal districts affected by tsunami, benefiting 10,000 persons. Rural development funds would be utilised in the non-coastal districts.

    Funds for veterinary hospitals

    Further, Rs.8.57 crore had been sanctioned to repair 16 veterinary hospitals in the tsunami-affected districts and set up 25 hospitals and 70 branch centres, the Minister announced.

    A B.Tech Programme in Food Processing, a postgraduate diploma in Companion Animal Practice and in Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosis would be introduced this academic year in Tamil Nadu Veterinary Sciences University.

    Other schemes approved included setting up of a sheep research centre at Tirunelveli at a cost of Rs. 39.73 lakh, four Animal Husbandry Disease Intelligence Centres in as many districts at a cost of Rs.67 lakh and a Poultry Diseases Research Centre at Namakkal at a cost of Rs.48 lakh.