23 March 2012 - Vet. Varsity Pashu Palan Mela Concludes with message for diversification
Pashu Palan Mela of Guru Angad Dev Veterinay & Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana concluded with message to develop livestock farming as an impressive and effective option of diversification. Dr. G. S. Kalkat Chairman, Punjab state farmers commission inaugurated the mela yesterday. The theme slogan of this mela was “Kheti Vibhinnta da eh uttam badal, Machhi Palan te Pashu Palan nu karo safal.”. (The best option of agriculture diversification is to develop fisheries and livestock professions).. Mela attracted a huge gathering with a thought to develop livestock professions on modern terms.
Whereas Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University is contributing in the field of education and research it is also promoting livestock professions with its extension activities. To develop livestock professions, University is extending its services, support, know how & training to every economic category. Besides delivering services to commercial farmers it is also disseminating all the techniques to medium and lower category of livestock community to provide equal opportunities to farmers. It helps them to earn benefits with their limited resources. These views were expressed by Dr. V.K. Taneja Vice Chancellor GADVASU. He said that farmers should come forward to establish their self help group as entrepreneur. A small cluster of villages may develop their own processing unit. Cooperative mechanism of farmers can do miracles.
Dr. Ranjodhan Singh Sahota, Director of Extension Education said that some of our departments are providing services for rearing livestock where as others are in the field of value addition of livestock products. These professions help them to earn a handsome income. Women can do these professions comfortably with their household responsibilities. He revealed that ornamentals fish, Aquarium making, flavoured Milk & Lassi, Cheese, Meat Pickle, Meat Kofta, Meat patties, Meat balls and a number of fish delicacies come in these professions. He said that Young entrepreneur can earn good returns in goat & pig farming.
Dr. Sahota revealed that a large number of farmers visited the stalls and showed keen interest in the measures to be adopted for the control of parasitic diseases of livestock. The department of Animal Nutrition has developed number of nutritional technologies for the dairy animals of the state, which were displayed in the Pashu palan mela. The dairy animals producing more than 15 kg milk require by-pass proteins and by-pass fat. Good quality mineral mixture and uromin lick prepared in GADVASU were sold at economical price.
Department of clinical Veterinary Medicine addressed the commonly prevalent disease conditions of the dairy animals of Punjab which are mastitis, mineral disorders, foot lameness and fore-stomach disorders. The college of fisheries displayed different varieties of fish like carp fish, cat fish, ornamental fishes and ducks. College of Dairy Science and Technology displayed value added milk products with better technology. The Livestock Products Technology Department has exclusively demonstrated meat products. Farmers were highly enthusiastic to be trained for the development of milk and meat products and the department has ensured to provide them literature and training on their requirement.
A number of farmers said that Pashu Palan Mela is a good platform to meet the experts of different animal husbandry departments of state, scientists of university, technical experts of different companies and financial institutions collectively. University publications entitled Dairy Farming, Package of Practices, University Diary and Calendar. 160 farmers registered their name for monthly magazine, Vigyanak Pashu Palan. Publications worth one lakh were sold.
The Judgement committee of university adjudged all the stalls and declared Lutim Pharma Limited, first, Pfizer Animal Health India Limited, second and Intas Pharma Limited at third position.
The Pashu Palan Mela concluded with a new hope to develop livestock farming with scientific measures.