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Odisha to support private Goshalas

Bisnhupada Sethi 
Bhubaneswar, July 12: In another step towards protection of cattle and to save them from cruelty, the Odisha Government has decided to provide financial support to registered private Goshalas operating in the State.

Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Secretary Bisnhupada Sethi said that this support would be extended from current year. The Goshalas would be provided financial grant for ensuring proper food and shelter to stray cattle.

Sethi further said that there presently 26 registered Goshalas are operating in various places of the State. Goshalas are integral part of the States’ diversified cultural heritage. The domestic animals also provide economic and social security to the human beings. The financial assistance provided by the Government would be an incentive for the private Goshalas and would meet a part of their total expenses for the animals.

Such financial support by State Government is going to be introduced for the first time in the State.  The assistance would be provided at the rate of Rs 16,000 per cattle per annum.  The registered Goshalas willing to avail assistance under the scheme will apply to Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO) of concerned District giving details about their operation in a prescribed format.

Sethi further added that the by-products of Goshalas such as the cow dung, urine and Panchagavya (cow milk, curd, ghee, cow urine and cow dung) can be used as medicines, manure, disinfectants, organic pesticides. The Goshalas can tie up with various bio-processing units coming up in the State. Apart from that they can also take up in-situ conservation of indigenous cattle breeds of Odisha in the native track.  

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