Responding to a query raised by BJP MP from Gorakhpur Ravindra Shyam Narayan alias Ravi Kishan in the Parliament today, on whether the government plans to protect the cows, Animal Husbandry Minister Giriraj Singh said that government is taking steps to protect indigenous breeds of cows under the Gokul Mission.
Singh, who was elected to Parliament from Begusarai, said that the indigenous breeds of cows will be equal to the foreign breeds in the coming five years. “In the next five years, indigenous cow breeds will be on par with foreign breeds”, the Minister said.
He claimed that animal husbandry is more profitable as compared to farming. He listed out a few programmes like progeny testing programme, the pedigree selection programme for the production of high genetic merit bulls of indigenous breeds, the establishment of embryo transfer technology and in-vitro fertilisation laboratories that have been undertaken by the government. He said that the sexed semen production facility for production of female calves by the elimination of male calves has also been undertaken.