President PPCC and Cabinet Ministers lay Foundation Stone of GADVASU Multi-Specialty Veterinary Hospital and Regional Research cum Training Centre, Fazilka
Sh. Sunil Kumar Jakhar, President PPCC, S. Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab and Sh. Vijay Inder Singla, PWD and Education Minister, Punjab today laid the foundation stone of Multi-Specialty Veterinary Hospital and Regional Research cum Training Centre (MSVH&RRTC) at Village Sappanwali (Fazilka), informed by Dr. Prahlad Singh, Nodal Officer of the centre.
Dr. Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana (GADVASU) informed that most of the farmers cannot ferry the costly sick animals from faraway places for specialized veterinary treatment to GADVASU as it is expensive and time consuming. So the University along with the support of Punjab Government has taken an initiative to extend the specialized veterinary services through establishment of MSVH&RRTC at different locations of the State. First of this initiative has been taken by establishing a MSVH&RRTC at Village Sappanwali, Fazilka.
Dr. JPS Gill, Director Research revealed that the livestock problems of this region and adjoining states that require specialized care will be addressed at the MSVH&RRTC. Fazilka district rears about 69 thousand cattle including graded Sahiwal breed cow. Research facility and provision of breeding services is necessary to promote the growth of this very important local breed. This area is also known as ‘Equine Belt’. MSVH&RRTC will provide immediate veterinary services, knowledge and technical support for these species. With strength of 17 scientists, 16 technical supporting staff and 32 administrative supporting staff, the centre envisages the promotion of area specific need based research and will train farmers for rearing livestock on scientific terms to enhance their income.
Dr. Parkash Singh Brar, Director of Extension Education said that on a land area of 25 Acre, covering more than 50 thousand sq.ft. floor area and an estimated budget of Rs. 62.14 crores the centre will have dedicated Veterinary Hospital with state of art facilities. Regional Research cum Training Centre will work for updation and training of farmers. An Administrative Block, Hostel for farmers and trainees, Diagnostic Laboratory, Demonstration Fisheries Unit with integrated Livestock Farm, Dairy Incubation Unit, Integrated Livestock Farming-cum-Climate Smart Model for Dairy, Pig and Goat unit will also be established.