MoU signed for a new Regional Semen station in Mayurbhanj

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) for setting up of Regional Semen Station at Kathpal
and Quarantine Station at Pratappur in Mayurbhanj district.
Fishery and Odisha Animal Resources Development (F&ARD) Department Secretary Bishnupada Sethi and NDDB MD
Dillip Rath signed the agreement in the presence of F & ARD Minister
Pradeep Maharathy, Chief Secretary Gokul Chandra Pati and NDDB Chairman T.
Nanda Kumar.
As per the agreement NDDB will set up State-of-the-art Regional
Semen Station at Kathpal and Quarantine Station at Pratappur in Mayurbhanj
district. The semen station will produce 35 lakhs quality semen doses annually
to cater to the increasing need of semen requirement not only of our State but
also the requirement of States of the eastern region. Considering the
importance of the project State Government have provided 127 acres of land at
Kathapal and 7.8 acres of land at Pratappur to NDDB free of cost.
The Minister said that Government has adopted various
measures to cover more breedable female bovines of the State under organized breeding.
There are around 6600 artificial insemination centres in the
State. The State in collaboration with the nationally reputed organizations
like BAIF Research Development Foundation, Pune and JK Trust, Maharashtra have
also undertaken dairy development activities in interior and tribal dominated
districts in the State. Bull Semen with High Genetic Merit is the crucial input
for genetic improvement of cattle and buffaloes.
At present, Frozen Semen Bank, Khapuria, Cuttack is the only
Institute producing quality semen, in the State. The Station has the maximum
capacity to produce 10 lakh doses of semen every year. The State requires 25
lakh doses of semen annually. The shortfall of 15 lakh doses of semen per annum
can be met from the proposed Regional Semen Station at Kathpal. The farmers of
our State will get high quality semen from the Regional Semen Station at
Kathpal which will improve the milk production of the State substantially and
will provide better livelihood status to small dairy farmers of the State.

He looked forward to NDDB’s support for Diary Development of
our State in years to come.  It may be with
mentioning that, NDDB will give a price discount of 5 per cent on their supply
of semen doses to the State Government.

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