Government concerned about destitute cattle as monsoon looms

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh’s Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister  Dharmpal Singh has said that a campaign should be run from July 05 to July 20 to send the destitute cattle of Bareilly division to cow shelters. Bareilly division should be established as an ideal division in the direction of cow protection work and all necessary arrangements should be ensured at the cow shelters of Badaun, Pilibhit, Bareilly and Shahjahanpur districts under the division.

In view of the rainy season, special attention should be paid to making better arrangements for fodder, straw, water, light and tin sheds for the destitute cattle protected in the state’s cow shelters to protect them from getting wet. Apart from this, instructions were also given to get concrete soling work done to protect them from mud.

Animal Husbandry Minister  Dharmpal Singh  reviewed the protection of destitute cattle during the rainy season, facilities of cow shelters and the updated status of destitute cattle in Bareilly division in his office room located in Vidhan Bhavan here. He said that all arrangements should be made in time to resolve the problem of waterlogging in cow shelters and availability of necessary medicines and vaccines should be ensured to prevent infectious diseases. He directed all the Chief Veterinary Officers to strictly follow the guidelines issued to prevent adverse effects on livestock and animal loss due to possible flood disaster.

The Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister directed that if destitute cattle are seen anywhere on the roads or in the fields, they should be protected at a suitable place. He directed to spend the amount allocated for the construction of cow shelters by following transparency and financial discipline. He said that it is important to follow timeliness and high quality of construction works.  Singh directed that Napier grass should also be planted in view of the rainy season so that green fodder is also available throughout the year. Solar lights should also be arranged at cow shelters and regular health check-up of protected cattle should be done by the concerned veterinary officers.

In the meeting, Principal Secretary  assured the Minister that all the guidelines given by the Minister will be fully followed. He said that the officials of all the districts will ensure the necessary arrangements for the safety of livestock in view of the rainy season. Apart from this, the construction work of cowsheds will be expedited and the work will be completed in a timely manner.

Special Secretary of Animal Husbandry Department  Devendra Pal, Director, Administration and Development of Animal Husbandry Department Dr. Raghunath Singh, Director Disease Control Field Dr. P.N. Singh, Additional Director Dr. Jaykesh Kumar Pandey and Additional Director Dr. Arvind Kumar Singh along with senior government officials were present in the meeting.

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