Kerala Can Play a major role in National Dairy Plan

Published on: 25 Nov, 2013
Published under: Kerala Agriculture News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

25 November 2013

The Two main Dairy farm sof Kerala in Mattupetty and Dhoni maintained by the Kerala Livestock Development Board may be having major role in national-level project to enhance milk production through livestock improvement.

Funded by the International Development Association and the Union government, the Rs.11.77-crore project involves strengthening the cattle semen stations at the two farms. The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) will monitor the project.

Kerala is one of the 14 States in the country which together account for over 90 per cent of the country’s milk production. KLDB managing director Jose James told that the two farms were selected for the National Dairy Plan after a multi-disciplinary team of experts from the NDDB reported good performance in cattle breeding, frozen semen production, farm management, and environmental and financial aspects.

Established in 1963 under the Indo-Swiss project, the Mattupetty farm in Idukki district houses a bull station, bull mother farm, and embryo technology centre. The farm accommodates 450 head of cattle, including 120 breeding bulls and cows and growing stock.

“The KLDB is expected to double the current production of 1,00,000 doses and supply to the national cattle semen pool. We will benefit from an assured market for the semen produced at the two farms.” he said.

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