MOHALI: National Livestock Championship and Expo–2019 will be organized from February 1-4 at Chappar Chiri in Mohali. This was stated by minister for animal husbandry, fisheries, and dairy development Balbir Singh Sidhu on Tuesday.
The event will have horse games relay, dog show, show jumping and tent pegging competitions among the major highlights.
Underscoring the significance of the competition, Sidhu stated that the ensuing event would provide a platform to the farming community to interact among themselves and take the fullest advantage of techniques employed in different regions.
Sidhu added that apart from Punjab, animal breeders from Haryana, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh would also participate in the livestock championship. The minister said the championship, which was started from the district level, had not only achieved popularity at a national level, it also attracted representatives from abroad, who would take part in the livestock championship.
High-breed competitions of buffalo, cows, and goats would be held in a phased manner across the four-day event and winners would be honored with cash prizes and mementos, the minister added.
Sidhu said competition of horses, buffaloes, cows, sheep, goats, dogs, turkeys and hens would also be held at the national-level championship. It was interesting that the demand for livestock animals of winners often increased substantially, thereby increasing their earnings as well, he added. “Considering the trend of dog canals in the state, we will also organize a dog show as breed competition. For the first time in this championship, for the sake of motivating the youth to sports, kabaddi matches will be played between Punjab and Haryana,” the minister said.
In order to make this event more colorful, cultural and folk arts would be organized for visitors. Sidhu said, “Nihang Singhs will captivate the audiences with their show horse riding, dressing, and other martial arts skills, besides jawans of Punjab Armed Police will entertain the audience with their daredevil motorbikes stunts. The winners will be rewarded with prizes on the last day of the event.”
Director animal husbandry Dr. Inderjit Singh said six seminars would be conducted during the four-day event and these would cover animal husbandry, dairy, fisheries, food and fodder, and animal-related subjects. “Experts will share their expertise with the visiting farmers.”