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    Breeding policy of State government

    Notified Breeding Policy for West Bengal

    Government of West Bengal
    Animal Resources Development Department
    Prani Sampad Bhavan, LB-2, Sector-III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata-700106

     

     

    No. 817/1(11)-PBGSBS/Impact/BP/13
    Dated, 30th March, 2023

     

    NOTIFICATION

    1. WHEREAS, in view of the vast technological innovation in the field of animal breeding and in order to upgrade the productivity of cattle, ‘The Cattle and Buffalo Breeding Policy for West Bengal’ was notified by this Department vide no. 1379/ AR&AH/4A-32/2002 dated 13.06.2002, with a provision for review based on continuous evaluation of its effectiveness and impact analysis from time to time;

    AND

    2. WHEREAS, as per the recommendations of a Technical Advisory Committee specifically constituted for this purpose, the said Breeding Policy was modified in 2007 vide no. 428/AR&AH/4A-32/2002 dated 14.03.2007;

    AND

    3. WHEREAS, the said Breeding Policy stipulates that in the Sahiwal Zone (districts of Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia and Hooghly) 80% of the total bovine population may be upgraded using Pure Sahiwal Frozen Semen Straw (FSS), and likewise, in the Gir Zone (districts of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Purba Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur, Howrah, Burdwan, Birbhum, Bankura and Purulia) 80% of the total bovine population may be upgraded using Gir Frozen Semen Straw (FSS);

    AND

    4. WHEREAS, a survey was undertaken in 2021 to study the impact of Breeding Policy under the guidance of the Technical Advisory Committee covering multiple criteria such as milk production, age of sexual maturity, lactation length, susceptibility to disease, environment sustainability and ease of handling for both Sahiwal and Gir breeds. On the basis of the farmers’ feedback and statistical analysis of survey data indicating a farmers’ preference for Sahiwal breed, and taking into account other relevant aspects of the implementation of the Breeding Policy, the Technical Committee has recommended to bring more districts under the Sahiwal Zone;

    AND

    5. WHEREAS, while deliberating upon the Committee’s recommendation to expand the coverage of Sahiwal breed, the State has considered all aspects of the matter including the A.I. infrastructure and availability of F.S.S. of Sahiwal breed in the State, and is of the view that move to expand the coverage of Sahiwal breed through A.I. shall have to be taken up in phases;

    AND

    6. NOW, therefore, in view of the creation of four new districts in West Bengal in the recent past (namely Alipurduar, Kalimpong, Paschim Bardhaman and Jhargram), and based on the recommendations of the Technical Committee, it is hereby decided that in partial amendment of the ‘The Cattle and Buffalo Breeding Policy for West Bengal’ notified by this Department vide Notification no. 428/AR&AH/4A-32/2002 dated 14.03.2007, henceforth, the State’s Sahiwal Zone will cover the districts of Kalimpong, Alipurduar, Purba Bardhaman, Purba Medinipur, Paschim Medinipur and Howrah in addition to Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia & Hooghly, and that the State’s Gir zone will cover Paschim Bardhaman and Jhargram in addition to North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Birbhum, Bankura & Purulia.

    7. Accordingly, the Frozen Semen Bull Stations and the Bull Mother Farms will augment their output to cater to the increased requirement of Sahiwal FSS.

    8. All other features in the Breeding Policy contained in Notification no. 428/AR&AH/4A-32/2002 dated 14.03.2007 will remain unchanged until revised.

    9. This has the appraisal of the Competent Authority.

    Sd/-
    Dr. Archana, IAS
    Secretary to the
    Government of West Bengal

    Notified Breeding Policy for West Bengal 2007