Virender Kanwar, Minister of Animal Husbandry, asks scientists to provide solutions for monkey menace and abandoned animals
Dharmshala---World Veterinary Day was celebrated enthusiastically at Dr G.C.Negi College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (COVAS), CSK Himachal Pradesh Agriculture University, here today. Shri Virender Kanwar, Minister of Animal Husbandry Fisheries, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj was Chief Guest. In his address, the Minister said that animals have been useful to society since ages. He said that indigenous cattle breeds were known for their high quality milk with unique medicinal properties like A2 protein. He called animals as ATMs for the farming community but regretted that people were abandoning animal husbandry and agriculture. He told that all BPL families in the State will be linked to livelihood mission.
Shri Virender Kanwar asked the University scientists to work on providing solutions for monkey menace and abandoned animals which had become a threat to the farming .He also asked the university to test the quality of feed available in the market as there were reports that it was also one of the reasons to make animals un-productive. He said that cow sanctuaries will be made and farmers will be provided with high quality milk animals. The Minister said that animal husbandry facilities will be strengthened in the State including animal ambulance at door step of the farmers. He also announced regular recruitments of veterinarians and consideration of increasing grant to the COVAS.
Dr A.K.Sarial, Vice-Chancellor, while lauding the efforts of veterinarians in the treatment and welfare of animals, said that animal husbandry sector can play a pivotal role in doubling the income of farmers. He told that this day helps to promote the veterinary profession and reiterates the importance of professional towards the clients. He discussed the issue of abandoned animals and asked the students and professionals to think over the problem and provide practical and viable solutions. He asked the Minister to provide liberal grant to COVAS to work on various problems being faced by the livestock keepers. Prof A.K.Sarial also discussed issues like importance of native cow in zero budget natural farming, extinction of local cattle breeds, making abandoned cattle productive by rehabilitation in 'Gaushalas', etc. and appreciated the academic, research and extension education achievements of COVAS.
Dr Mandeep Sharma, Dean, COVAS, elaborated about the achievements of his college and informed that 795 students have passed out at graduate level, 392 students have done masters degrees and 36 students have done Ph.D degree since inception of the college in 1986.
Dr Y.P.Thakur delivered a special lecture on "The role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security and safety."Dr Shivani Katoch, President, Veterinary and Animal Sciences Teachers Association (VASTA) informed about activities of his association.
The Chief Guest released six publications and also awarded 17 students who won prizes in various competitions organized to mark the occasion. Earlier, the Minister visited the veterinary clinical complex and sought information about the on-going activities. The Vice Chancellor accompanied him during the visit.
The programme was jointly organized by COVAS and VASTA. Dr Dinesh Krofa conducted the proceedings. In the early morning, Prof A.K.Sarial flagged off the mini marathon, 'Run for animals'.
Besides Dr R.K.Agnihotri, Dean, Post Graduate Studies, other statutory officers, heads, scientists and students of the university, officers from the State Department of Animal Husbandry also participated in the celebrations. Miss Indu Goswami, President, State BJP Mahila Morcha was also present on the occasion.
Pic caption: A view of the dais and audience, Release of publications and the Chief Guest awarding the winners
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