In the proposed ‘Govansh Sanrakashan and Gau Samvardhan (Cow Protection and Cow Conservation and Development) Bill’ efforts will be made to ban cow slaughter and for conservation and better care of indigenous cattle, he said.
“For the scientific test and analysis, government is considering to establish laboratories to differentiate beef from meat of that of other animal species. Test reports of these laboratories will be valid evidence in the court of law,” Dhankar said adding that sale of packaged beef has been banned in the state. The minister noted that there were some 3,000 cows in the state in 400 cow shelters run by NGOs. Besides, some 1.5 lakh cows roam in fields or streets. He said that the existing cow sheds will be upgraded and made self-sufficient.
“Special efforts will be taken for availability of Beta — Carotene and A-2 milk protein in the milk of indigenous cows which are beneficial for control of diabetes and cholesterol in human beings and also known for better digestibility.
“The focus will also be on establishing a brand for the milk of indigenous cows and ensuring A-2 milk at remunerative prices,” Dhankar said. The state will provide financial and technical support to cow welfare organisations like Gaushalas, Gau-Grah, Gau-Abhyaranya, Gau-Sadan, Gokul Gram that are engaged in maintenance and care of sick, injured, stray and uneconomic cows, he said.
“The government will take necessary steps to provide incentives for marketing and processing of milk from indigenous cows,” he added.
Besides, the state government will organise an ‘Agri Leadership Summit’ at Gurgaon between March 13 and 15 where Rs 5.70 crore will be disbursed to owners of top quality Murrah buffaloes, Hariana and Sahiwal cows, the minister informed.
From the coming financial year, Haryana Government will provide subsidy to the tune of 50 per cent on establishment of dairy unit of indigenous cows. In addition, incentive money in the range of Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 will be provided to the owners of top quality indigenous cows, he said.
During the summit, over a lakh farmers will learn the agriculture production techniques, input, direct marketing and other related intricacies, he said. More than 20,000 farmers are likely to partner in promoting agriculture production techniques, induction of new farmer-friendly technology, food processing and other such unique initiatives at the summit through seminars and debates, he informed.
The Agriculture minister pointed out that the summit “aims at keeping spotlight on production and the producer”.
The event will have discussions on Diversification and Sustainability in Agriculture, Opportunities in Horticulture – Farmers Initiatives and Successful Business Models, Organic Farming and Soil Health Management.
There will also be discussions on Precision Farming, Water Resource Management and Micro Irrigation, certification and processing, Post Harvest and Cool chain Management, Agri-Business Management, Micro Financing, Integrated Dairy Farming among others.
On the issue of implementation of Swaminanthan Commission report on farmers’ issues, he said that he had through Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, in a letter urged the Centre to follow the recommendations of the panel.
On land acquisition, he said that whatever the Lok Sabha decides would be adopted in the state. He slammed the previous Bhupinder Singh Hooda-led government for opening Agro malls in districts saying that these are “not viable”.
“There is a need to change the concept of agro mall,” he said. He assured that the FCI would lift each and every grain of the farmer from the state.
He stressed the need for making farmers partners in marketing of their produce and stated that the government would set up agri business schools. He also laid emphasis on micro irrigation while stressing that more and more areas are coming under ‘dark zone’ – regions with depleting groundwater.