Govt plans ‘sex sorted semen’ proj to augment dairy yield

IMPHAL,5th Oct: In a bid to increase production capacity of dairy products in the state, the directorate of veterinary and animal husbandry would be taking up a special programme for artificial insemination of ‘sex sorted semen’ in order to produce female calves.

Veterinary director Dr H Chaoba informed this while attending the closing ceremony of an awareness programme cum training on artificial insemination organised under the sponsorship of Intensive Cattle Development Project, Porompat. Addressing the gathering, the director said that the dairy production capacity of the state is very low. In order to increase the production capacity and to meet the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022, the department will take up a programme for artificial insemination of cattle with sex sorted semen so that they give birth to female calves.

Each dose of the sex sorted semen costs Rs 2000 and the department bought them under Manipur Livestock Development Board. These semen stocks are being kept frozen with liquid nitrogen and they can be stored for a period of 20 to 30 years. The board will take up the insemination programme through heat synchronisation process by administering hormones to the cattle, he informed.

On the other hand, the types of cattle farming in valley and hill areas have certain differences. Unlike in the valley areas, cattle in hill areas are semi-wild and owners do not have much knowledge of the period when artificial insemination could be carried out. As such, the department is planning to buy male cattle of a highly productive species called Tharparkar from Rajasthan and distribute them among the hill farmers so that they could inseminate the female cattle and help in increasing dairy production capacity, Dr Chaoba added. Regarding the training programme, the director informed that 34 trainees from different NGOs and veterinary department offices from Tamenglong, Chandel and Churachandpur participated in the training.

The training is a one step forward in increasing dairy production capacity of the state, he said while urging cattle farmers to keep tab of the fertile period of their cattle for increasing cattle population effectively. Intensive Cattle Development Project Porompat project officer Dr Khuraijam Santibala also attended the programme. Certificates were also distributed to the participants of the training programme, which began from September 24.

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