Following the success of the Kabaddi World Cup,the state government now plans to start international animal championships with record prize money to entertain the people of Punjab.
Punjab needs entertainment. Our Kabaddi World Cup was a big success and 16 nations have asked us for kabaddi coaches so that they can take part in the tournament. Now,we intend to do the same with animal championships. From block and state level,we intend to make them international. Prize money matters. Like the Kabaddi World Cup,we will also have championships with record prize money, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal on Thursday said while addressing a seminar organised to mark the World Veterinary Day here.
Claiming overwhelming response to the concept of animal championships in last few years,he said that several Japanese visitors had come down to Punjab to see the event. To begin with,Sukhbir said he was exploring the possibility of organising such championships of four-five neighbouring countries. The state is also thinking about setting up a horse race course and dog racing centre in Ludhiana. The proposal will be brought before the cabinet, he added.
Last year,the state animal husbandry department had spent Rs 4 crore on animal championships held at block,district and state levels. Though Sukhbir did not quote a figure for the prize money,he said that Punjab needs ideas and not money. And the state will reap much higher dividends than entertainment. The animal championships will also instill spirit to breed quality animals among breeders. Through the participation of other countries,it will help state breeders to exchange breeding practises and technical expertise. And Punjab will have many more animal lovers like me and the chief minister, said Sukhbir.
In order to compete,the animals have to be registered online,he said. The state is also setting up Herd Registration Authority to compile comprehensive data on all animals details,ranging from their birth dates and vaccination records,will be computerised.
Punjab has also set up four ultramodern cattle mandis to facilitate trading of animals. In next three years,each district will have such a mandi complete with hospital and other facilities, said Sukhbir.