PATNA: Chief minister (CM) Nitish Kumar on Monday asked the animal and fisheries resources department (AFRD) officials to set up ‘Pashu Vigyan Kendras (animal science centres)’ in different parts of the state on the pattern of the Centre’s Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) to ensure growth of livestock and increase in production of different animal produces.
The CM said the animal science centers would not only take care of the health of livestock. but also make necessary arrangements for improvement of the breed of different domestic animals and protect the breed of ‘desi’ cows.
The CM was addressing an AFRD event after releasing a book containing ‘Bihar Livestock Master Plan (LMP)’ for the next five years. He said the LMP would help in achieving the targets given under the state’s agriculture road map.
The CM said his government started agricultural road map in 2008. “Currently, we are implementing the third agriculture road map and the LMP is an important component of it. I hope this LMP will not only support the implementation of the agriculture road map but also help the sector in making contributions to poverty reduction schemes,” he said.
Nitish stressed the need to promote organic farming in the state by using dung and urine of different livestock. “We can get high quality of bio fertiliser and biopesticides from dung and urine of cows,” he said.
The CM asked the vice-chancellor of Bihar Animal Science University, Rameshwar Singh (who was on the dais), to open a hospital for indoor treatment of livestock.
The CM also inaugurated a series of schemes of Comfed, animal husbandry directorate, fisheries directorate, and dairy directorate. He released small packs of Sudha milk powder, dairy whitener and tetra pack of apple drink, all being manufactured by the Biharsharif-based plant of the Confed’s dairy.
The CM also inaugurated four first-class animal hospitals through remote control. These hospitals are located at Chandrayan in Saharsa district, Phulaut in Madhepura and Manjhauli and Pasahi in Patna district. Each hospital has been built at a cost of Rs 54.80 lakh.
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, AFRD minister Pashupati Kumar Paras, an adviser to CM Anjani Kumar Singh, revenue board chairman Sunil Kumar Singh, development commissioner Subhash Sharma and AFRD secretary N Vijayalakshmi were also present.