NEW DELHI: In what may be a game changer in improving cow breeds and ensuring decline of stray cattle population in the country, PM Narendra Modi will on Thursday pitch for three new technological interventions to give a boost to the dairy sector — setting up of ‘semen stations’, use of sex-sorted semen for producing only female calves and introducing IVF lab at farmers’ doorsteps for multiplication of high yielding animals at faster rate.
He will bat for these interventions while digitally inaugurating such facilities in poll-bound Bihar.
The PM will also launch the ‘Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana’, a flagship scheme for focused development of fisheries sector with an estimated investment of Rs 20,050 crore during a period of five years as part of the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ package.
Modi will inaugurate one of the largest semen stations of India in the government sector with production capacity of 50 lakh semen doses per annum in Purnea. It will cater to demand of eastern and northeastern states. These semen doses are being used in the country for artificial insemination (AI) programmes to produce better quality of male and female calves.
Since the government aims to produce more female calves, use of sex-sorted semen in AI and IVF technology (commonly known as test tube baby technology) will help India achieve its goal.
The PM will launch use of sex-sorted semen for AI by Barauni Milk Union in Begusarai – the parliamentary constituency of Union dairying and fisheries minister Giriraj Singh. He will inaugurate IVF lab at Animal Sciences University, Patna.
The Centre aims to conduct 90 lakh AI through sex-sorted semen in five years which will result in the birth of 24.12 lakh high milk yielding females. Projects to install sex-sorting technology have already been sanctioned for 12 semen stations in the country.


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