Artificial insemination failed to increase milk yield: Minister

Staff Reporter

Government-owned Kerala Feeds to increase cattle feed production

KANNUR: Minister for Agriculture and Dairy Development K.R. Gouri has said that artificial insemination in the State has not led to the desired higher milk yield.

She was inaugurating the district dairy fete at Peralassery here on Saturday. Ms. Gouri said that the high milk yield of upgraded cattle had declined over the past few years in the State.

Kerala was the first State to introduce artificial insemination in the country. Although the average milk yield of upgraded cattle was 10 litres, the average milk yield of the cross-bred cow in the State was only 6.5 litres. Kerala had purchased 40 high quality bulls from Karnataka as the existing national policy barred the State from importing semen of such breeds from other States. Artificial insemination using the bulls will initially be available free as part of the Government's endeavour to increase milk production in the State.

Ms. Gouri stressed the need to give the cattle good quality fodder and hay. The Government had taken up schemes for collecting hay, she said.

Milma had been given sanction to start a plant for increasing supply of hay. The Government-owned Kerala Feeds will soon increase its production to meet the requirement of cattle feed in the State. It was estimated that the State was facing a shortage of 3,600 tonnes of feed every year, she added.

Ms. Gouri said that the Kerala would be the first cattle disease-free State as the vaccination programme under the `Goraksha' project was successfully in its second year. She added that the grant for milk societies to purchase utensils had been restored.

M.V. Jayarajan, MLA, presided over the function. District panchayat president K.K. Narayanan, Milma chairman P.T. Gopalakurup, Malabar Region Dairy Producers' Union chairman P.P. Gopinatha Pillai, Dairy Development Department deputy director K.N. Rajeevan and District Co-operative Bank president P. Balan were present at the function.

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