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Odisha introduces ‘Sex Sorted Semen’ for boosting dairy development

6/04/2022 at 6:54 PM

Bhubaneswar, April 6: Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo today launched ‘Sex Sorted Semen’ under the artificial insemination programme aimed at advancing the dairy development in the state.

In an event organised at Krushi Bhavan, Bhubaneswar, the Minister stated that sex sorted semen technology would enhance the milk production in the state through production of around 90 per cent of female calves.

Bovine breeding over the past two decades has played a key role in boosting farmers’ income in the state. State Government has taken a number of measures for the development of livestock farmers and dairy development has been identified as an engine of growth for farmers, women self-help groups and entrepreneurs in the state. Milk production in the state has increased around threefold during the last two decades. It has increased from 8.75 lakh metric tons in the year 2000 to over 23.731akh metric tons in 2021.

Genetic improvement of breed through artificial insemination is taken up in a mission mode and currently around 15 lakh cows are being inseminated annually, free of cost. In order to control foot and mouth disease in cattle, immunisation of livestock population is being taken up as a campaign, twice a year. 

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