Bhubaneswar: A MoU has been signed today between Fishery & Animal Resources Development Dept. of State Government & National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to set up Regional Semen Station at Kathpal, Mayurbhanj & Quarantine Station at Pratappur, Mayurbhanj.
Commissioner-cum-Secretary, F&ARD Dept. Sri Bishnupada Sethi and Managing Director, NDDB Sri Dillip Rath signed the agreement in the presence of Minister, F & ARD Sri Pradeep Maharathy, Chief Secretary Sri Gokul Chandra Pati and Chairman, NDDB Sri T. Nanda Kumar.
Minister Sri Maharathy expressed that the signing of MoU with NDDB today will bring about significant changes in diary development of our State. NDDB will set up State-of-the-Art Regional Semen Station at Kathpal & Quarantine Station at Pratappur in the district of Mayurbhanj. 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 & 7.8 acres of land at Pratappur to NDDB free of cost.
He further 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 of our 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 theState. 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 diary farmers of the State. He looked forward to NDDB’s support for Diary Development of our State in years to come.
It may be woth mentioning that, NDDB will give a price discount of 5% on their supply of semen doses to the State Government.