Frozen Semen Station is being set up in Maranga, Purnea under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission with 100% contribution from the Central Government. The Mission aims to conserve and develop indigenous breeds to increase milk productivity.
Laying the foundation stone of the frozen semen station in Maranga, Purnea Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare Radha Mohan Singh said that the frozen semen station is being set up at a cost of Rs 64 crore under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission with 100% contribution from the Central Government. Out of this, Rs 20 crore has already been released.
Singh said the artificial insemination techniques can increase milk production and productivity. Currently, the artificial insemination is being done by COMFED (Sudha) in Bihar. For artificial insemination, semen from high genetic merit bulls is needed.
Singh elaborated that the frozen semen station in Purnea will be the first state-of-the-art semen production center of the country. The center will develop highly modern bull shade, semen processing lab, feed and godown, agricultural equipment, and other facilities.
In this, 300 high genetic merit bulls will be kept and 50 lakhs of semen dose will be produced per year. Red Sindhi, Bachaur, Gangatiri, Sahiwal breeds will also be kept. With the establishment of this semen station, milk productivity of cows and buffaloes will increase rapidly in the state.
Rashtriya Gokul Mission was initiated in December 2014 with an aim to conserve and develop indigenous breeds. Proposals from Bihar under this Mission in 2015 and 2017 have been approved with a sum of 133.26 crore. Under the scheme, Rs 52.40 crore has been released to the state.