Fatehgarh Sahib, December 11 More than 2,000 farmers from across the state are taking part with their cattle in the three-day livestock zonal championship, which started here today.
In the championship, which is being organised by the Animal Husbandry, Diary and Fisheries Department, farmers bought their buffalos, sheep, goats, cows, horses, pigs and other domestic animals for competitions.
Kirpal Singh Badungar, Chairman, Backward Commission, Punjab, inaugurated the championship, whereas Raju Khanna, Chairman, Youth Welfare Board, presided over the function. In the championship, prizes worth Rs 15 Lakh, trophies and certificates would be distributed to the winners.
In his address, Badungar appreciated the efforts of the department in organising the championship, which would encourage the farmers, particularly the youths to adopt dairy farming as a mode of employment.
Dr H S Sandha, Director, Animal Husbandry Department, said, “As fertility of the soil has reached its peak, we can not expect more produce from it, so these competitions are the first step towards diversification from agriculture to animal husbandry and to motivate the farmers to adopt dairy farming to improve their financial status as well the breed of the state cattle.” He said that for improvement of cattle breeds, the State Government had purchased 2.5 lakh dosages of semen from the USA and distributed among cattle farmers on 50 per cent subsidy.
“For cattle, mineral supplements are being provided on subsidies rates and the Government has set up new polyclinics in all the districts at the cost of Rs 13.5 crore to provide veterinary services at farmers’ door steps.”