New Delhi: Looking towards the status of the farms and to meet demand of disease free high genetic merit bulls, the government of India is undertaking strengthening and modernisation of bull mother farms under National programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development (NPBBDD) and Rashtriya Gokul Mission (part of NPBBDD). In addition this, the government has initiated massive progeny testing and pedigree selection programme under NDP-I to meet shortage of quality bulls at semen stations.
The agriculture ministry is also undertaking establishment of two National Kamdhenu Breeding Centres in the country. An amount of Rs 25 Crore has been released to Madhya Pradesh for establishment of National Kamdhenu Breeding Centre in Itarsi, Hoshangabad in Northern region of India and equally Rs 25 crore has been released to Andhra Pradesh for establishment of National Kamdhenu Breeding Centre in Chintaladevi, Nellore in Southern region of India.
Under Rashtriya Gokul Mission, all the bull mother farms available with State governments and State Implementing Agencies/ State Livestock Development Boards are covered for modernization and strengthening of existing infrastructure.
This information was revealed by the Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Mr Sudarshan Bhagat, in reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha recently.