S. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Cabinet Minister visits GADVASU
Livestock professions may play a vital role to improve the socio-economic status of the farming community. Animal Husbandry is and will be saviour of farmers in crisis times. These views were expressed by S. Balbir Singh Sidhu, Cabinet Minister, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Labour on his maiden visit to at Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, (GADVASU) Ludhiana. In his visit a meeting was held with Dr. Amarjit Singh Nanda, Vice-Chancellor, GADVASU Deans, Directors and officers of GADVASU. S. Sidhu discussed a number of important issues. He said that the issue to revise the salary of veterinary doctors at par with medicos will be taken up on priority basis. It is pertinent to mention that veterinary doctors are getting only basic pay for 3 years after their recruitment. Dr. Amrjeet Singh, Director, Animal Husbandry, S. Inderjit Singh, Director, Dairy Development Board and Sh. Madan Mohan, Director and Warden of Fisheries of Punjab also accompanied him in this visit. S. Sidhu said that we should sensitize farmers for adopting livestock in scientific manner with proper zeal and interest. He advised that strengthening of extension services and trainings and farmers may reap rich dividend. He also suggested farming community to do their farm related work on their own for better results. This is the permanent success mantra. S. Sidhu said that Mastitis is the most prevalent disease of dairy animals and it causes huge economic loses and even stops the progress of dairy farming. GADVASU is having excellent technology to diagnose the sub clinical mastitis but it needs promotion and popularization in the filed for its adoption. Department of Animal Husbandry in collaboration with GADVASU should advertise useful technologies covering major diseases hence losses to farmers for their adoption thus saving crores of ruppes.
In the meeting Dr. Nanda apprised about the ongoing activities of GADVASU in detail. He said that Dairy, Poultry, Piggery, Goatery and Fish Farming are very lucrative professions now a days. S. Sidhu appreciated small milk chiller and milk adulteration kit developed by GADVASU. He said that these types of technologies are very beneficial for farmers. He emphasized that duckweed waste bioremediation by GADVASU for treating polluted village ponds shall be replicated in the villages of state that full fish producing potential of these resources is achieved. There should be at least on pond at district level which can the show cased to farmers.
After attending the meeting they also visited various departments of College of Veterinary Science, Veterinary Clinics, Poultry Farm, Dairy Farm, College of Fisheries and College of Dairy Science & Technology and interacted with the faculty and students of the university.