'Govt losing Rs 50K cr per year due to infertility of animals'
Government is losing Rs 50,000 crore every year owing to infertility of 30 to 40 per cent of animals, experts said.
Mathura: Government is losing Rs 50,000 crore every year owing to infertility of 30 to 40 per cent of animals, experts said.
They also said that about 10 to 20 million tonnes of milk yield was also getting reduced due to their infertility.
Officers and scientists working on infertility of animals today gathered here for the 30th Annual Convention of Indian Society for Study of Animal Reproduction (ISSAR) at Deen Dayal Veterinary University here.
Speaking on the occasion, A K Mishra, President of ISSAR said a concerted effort by the government and scientists was required to control the problem of infertility in animals.
"Government is loosing Rs 50,000 crore every year owing to infertility of 30 to 40 per cent of animals and 10 to 20 million tonnes of milk yield is also being reduced", Mishra said.
Vice-Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University and Assam Mahila University, K M Bujarbaruah presiding the symposium said, "Intensive integrated fertility management module is required to combat the problem of infertility."
"Unless four components Nutrition, breeding including Physiology, Health and Reproduction are brought together, control of infertility would remain a dream", he said.
Mishra said, 10 per cent of buffaloes and 15 per cent of cows do not conceive even once in their life even though they are consuming fodder.
"For reducing infertility, better health of the animal, balanced diet, along with the use of reproductive techniques like artificial insemination, embryo technology, sexing of semen, cloning, use of stem-cells and controlled breeding has to practised", he said.
Balbhadra Singh Yadav, Chief Executive Officer UP Livestock development Board said, "since sex semen is used for artificial insemination, the number of the bulls is reducing.
As against semen needed for artificial insemination of 70 lakh animals, we are producing semen only for 15 to 16 lakh animals. Rest is being taken from other states" he said.