Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, January 12
The foundation stone of GADVASU’s Multi-Specialty Veterinary Hospital was laid down today. Sunil Kumar Jakhar, president, PPCC, Manpreet Singh Badal, Finance Minister, Punjab, and Vijay Inder Singla, PWD and Education Minister, today laid the foundation stone of the Multi-Specialty Veterinary Hospital and Regional Research-cum-Training Centre (MSVH&RRTC) at Sappanwali village in Fazilka.
Dr Inderjeet Singh, Vice-Chancellor, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana, said most of the farmers cannot ferry the costly sick animals from faraway places for specialised veterinary treatment to the GADVASU as it is expensive and time consuming. So, the uyniversity along with the support of the state government has taken an initiative to extend the specialised veterinary services through establishment of the MSVH&RRTC at different locations of the state. First of this initiative has been taken by establishing a MSVH&RRTC at Village Sappanwali, Fazilka.
Dr. JPS Gill, Director Research revealed that the livestock problems of this region and adjoining states that require specialized care will be addressed at the MSVH&RRTC. Fazilka district rears about 69 thousand cattle including graded Sahiwal breed cow. The research facility and provision of breeding services is necessary to promote the growth of this very important local breed. The area is also known as ‘Equine belt’. MSVH&RRTC will provide immediate veterinary services, knowledge and technical support for these species. With a strength of 17 scientists, 16 technical supporting staff and 32 administrative supporting staff, the centre envisages the promotion of area-specific need based research and will train farmers for rearing livestock on scientific terms to enhance their income.
Dr Parkash Singh Brar, Director, Extension Education, said on a land area of 25 acre, covering over 50 thousand sq.ft. floor area. Estimated budget of the project is Rs 62.14 crores. The centre will have dedicated veterinary hospital with state of art facilities.
The regional research-cum training centre will work for updation and training of farmers. An administrative block, hostel for farmers and trainees, diagnostic laboratory, demonstration fisheries unit with integrated livestock farm, dairy incubation unit, integrated livestock farming-cum-climate smart model for dairy, pig and goat unit will also be established.
Hostel for farmers
The Multi-Specialty Veterinary Hospital and Regional Research-cum-Training Centre will work for updation and training of farmers. An administrative block, hostel for farmers and trainees, diagnostic laboratory, demonstration fisheries unit with integrated livestock farm, dairy incubation unit, integrated livestock farming-cum-climate smart model for dairy, pig and goat unit will also be established.
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