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Rajasthan model to bail out M.P. areas

Staff Correspondent

Madhya Pradesh Minister goes on a study tour to know more about cattle rearing

BHOPAL: Taking a cue from the Rajasthan experience, the Madhya Pradesh Minister for Animal Husbandry, Archana Chitnis, wants to ensure economic development in the drought-prone areas of the State through cattle rearing. She has just concluded a study tour of various districts in Rajasthan for studying the economic impact of cattle rearing.

During her visit, Ms. Chitnis met the Rajasthan Chief Minister, Vasundhara Raje, Minister for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Prabhu Lal Saini, and Chairman State Gau Sewa Aayog Bhanwar Lal Kothari and held detailed discussions on animal husbandry. She urged the Rajasthan Minister for Animal Husbandry to provide hybrid cows for Gokul Grams in Madhya Pradesh.

The Minister along with her study team, which included senior State officials, visited Ajmer, Jaipur, Chittorgarh and Tonk districts in Rajasthan. Ms. Chitnis took special note of the "Chauka System" at Lapadiya village near Ajmer. By adopting this system, the farmers in the village have developed meadows on wastelands.

Despite severe drought condition prevailing for the last seven years, cattle rearing has left a positive impact on the economy in this area.

Impressed by the Chauka system, the Minister now wants to adopt it in the drought-prone areas of Madhya Pradesh. While in Rajasthan, Ms. Chitnis visited the Central Research Institute for Sheep and Wool, Avika Nagar and returned with the experience that rearing of sheep, goat, rabbits may open new job opportunities for the rural people. She focused her attention on the economic aspect of sheep rearing even in adverse circumstances like shrinking of grazing land, scarcity of rains, and water shortage.

The Minister invited suggestions from the institute's scientists for economic development of people in Madhya Pradesh through sheep and goat rearing.

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