Staff Reporter

Also three inpatient sheds, a dressing shed and a semen bank to be established

Tuticorin: The Department of Animal Husbandry has planned to establish three veterinary dispensaries, three inpatient sheds, a dressing shed and a semen bank before the end of the current fiscal at a total cost of Rs. 110.52 lakh.

The project cost was sanctioned from the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.

P. Gabriel, Joint Director of Animal Husbandry, said the three dispensaries, which would house facilities for insemination, outpatient treatment, drugs store and first aid cell, would come up at Karungulam, Meignanapuram and Kayamozhi, each to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 19.70 lakh.

The inpatient sheds would be established on the premises of Veterinary Hospitals situated at Srivaikundam, Kovilpatti and Tuticorin. Each shed, costing Rs 4.26 lakh, would have facilities for feeding animals and a rest room for doctors.

"The shed thus would facilitate admission of animals at veterinary hospitals as `in-patients,' which would enable doctors observe them constantly for some period," he said.

The dressing shed would come up at Eral at a cost of Rs. 4.64 lakh, with comprehensive outpatient facilities to dress and treat wounds.

Dr. Gabriel said semen bank would be constructed at an outlay of Rs. 34 lakh at the veterinary hospital situated in Tuticorin, which would have facilities to store `frozen semen' in liquid nitrogen medium.

"High quality semen banks are the need of the hour to enhance `quality' of cattle and thereby augment milk production in the district."

In all, 50 containers with liquid nitrogen could be stored in the semen bank. "Semen of bull varieties like Jersey and Holstein Fresian (foreign breed) and `Sindhi' and `Kangayam' (local breed) along with semen of `Murrah' buffalo, would be stored at the bank, which could be used for insemination at appropriate periods," he said.

He said semen was normally harvested at the district livestock farms of the department at Udhagamandalam, Eachenkottai and Hosur.