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Assam government proposed sex-sorted artificial insemination

The Assam government has proposed sex-sorted artificial insemination to ensure more production of cows than bulls. “There will be an increase in the number of high genetic female

Assam government

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  17 July 2021 1:33 AM GMT

MOVE TO PRODUCE MORE COWS THAN BULLS

STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI: The Assam government has proposed sex-sorted artificial insemination to ensure more production of cows than bulls.

"There will be an increase in the number of high genetic female calves born in cattle & buffalo farms with the use of sex-sorted semen. It would control the birth of scrub bulls as 80 to 90 per cent of all births would be female calves. Female births shall help in meeting the ever-increasing demand for milk in the State," Finance Minister Ajanta Neog informed the Assembly through her budget statement on Friday.

In the current financial year (2021-22), the State Budget has proposed to cover 50,000 cattle & buffaloes with the use of 1.25 lakh doses of high genetic merit sex-sorted frozen semen procured from reputed sources within the country.

"With a 30 per cent conception rate, at least 12,000 female calves are expected to be born as a result of implementation during the first year. The scheme may continue in subsequent years by inseminating 50,000 animals annually for the next four years. Farmers' livelihood and milk production will get a massive boost leading to a positive impact on the economy," Finance Minister said.

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