Punjab To Prioritise Horse Rearing As Agro-Auxiliary Occupation: Laljit Singh Bhullar
Inspects Dairy Development Department Exhibition At PAU Ludhiana
Ludhiana : Punjab Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister S. Laljit Singh Bhullar has said that Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann led government will give priority to horse rearing as agriculture subsidiary occupation.
Addressing the gathering during prize distribution ceremony of the 2nd Empire Horse Cup-2023 at village Jandiali, Ludhiana, the Cabinet Minister said that there are immense employment opportunities in this sector and the government will consider to bring horse rearing within the ambit of common farmers.
Accompanying Agriculture Minister S. Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal and Water Supply & Sanitation Minister Bram Shanker Jimpa as the chief guests, S. Laljit Singh Bhullar said that efforts will also be made to promote Punjab horse breed “Nukra” in other states. On this occasion, S. Hardeep Singh Mundian MLA Sahnewal, S. Diljit Singh Grewal MLA Ludhiana East and Ashok Prashar Pappi were present.
About 500 horses from Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra participated in this horse cup. Of which about 120 horses were awarded the prizes.
The Cabinet Ministers awarded first prize in stallion category to horse “Dulla” from Punjab and Meera from Rajasthan in mares’ category. The first prize was Rs.71,000 and a trophy, while the second prize was Rs.51,000. Similarly, 10 horses were given prizes ranging from Rs.21000 to 5,000 each.
Earlier in the day, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development Minister Laljit Singh Bhullar along with Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer inspected the exhibition of the Dairy Development Department at fair ground, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana. The Cabinet Ministers also inspected mobile vans for consumer awareness. S. Bhullar instructed the officials to create more awareness among the dairy farmers in remote villages through milk producer awareness camps.
Meanwhile, the exhibition and consultation stall set up with the objective to promote dairying as a subsidiary occupation remained the centre of attraction for the farmers, where they shared their problems and filled suggestion forms. Director Dairy Development Department Mr. Kuldeep Singh and other officials were present on this occasion.
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