The state animal husbandry and dairy ministry has issued a series of instructions to the state-run Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU).
The ministry has specifically noted that the extension education department of the university needs to be strengthened and veterinary doctors need to be stopped from going for private practice.
As per the note,prepared by state animal husbandry department (copy with The Indian Express),GADVASU needs to work hard on its extension education.
GADVASU needs to strengthen its extension education and reach to the dairy farmers. It further needs to coordinate with every vet hospital in Punjab and village to educate the farmers, the note reads.
Taking exception to government vet doctors indulging in private practice,the ministry said that the trend needs to be curbed and they should visit villages and treat livestock of dairy farmers instead of minting money in private practice. Meanwhile,animal husbandry,dairy and fisheries minister Gulzar Singh Ranike Monday said that GADVASU has been directed to focus on educating the farmers on urea and fodder sprayed with pesticides.
The deaths of cattle after consuming urea and pesticide sprayed fodder are increasing and GADVASU needs to start a campaign against it, said Ranike.
The university was also told to prepare a model on viability of introducing new breeds of goats and pigs in the state.
Asked about the project of getting Neeli Ravi buffaloes from Pakistan,hanging fire since two years,Ranike said,We are working with the Centre to allow us import buffaloes from across the border. If buffaloes cant be exported,the state should at least allow us to import pure semen. Talks are also on to see if we can export our Murrah buffaloes in lieu of Neeli Ravi from Pakistan.