September 12, 2015 1:46:19 am
The state government, which is setting up a cow sanctuary in collaboration with the central government at Dharampur near Porbandar, has recently released a sum of Rs 75 lakh for the purpose. The sanctuary is to be set up over an area of 900 hectares. But the land is yet to be allotted. While 100 hectares would be used for building 1,000 cow sheds, 800 hectares would be used for fodder production.
The institutes to be involved in the activity are Junagadh Agricultural University (JAU) and the newly set up Kamdhenu University having its offices at Karma Yogi Bhawan in Gandhinagar.
The total cost of the project is estimated to be over Rs 64 crore in the first phase.
JAU vice-chancellor A R Pathak said that the basic purpose of the project was not only to preserve Gir and other breeds of cows in the state but also increase their milk yield to increase income for the farmers.
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