Presently Tripura is facing a deficit of 37,080 MT annually Credit: File image

Agartala: In a move to become self-sufficient in milk production, Tripura government has decided to adopt a three-year plan to introduce sex sorted artificial insemination under ‘Mukhyamantri Unnoto Godhan Prakalpa’, said law minister Ratan Lal Nath.

Speaking in a press conference, Nath said that the state cabinet in its meeting decided to introduce the new scheme with an aim to boost the milk production in the state by ensuring that more cows are born through target chromosome selection.

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Tripura annual milk production presently stands at 1,97,270 MT while the annual average requirement is 2,34, 350 MT, while the state is facing a deficit of 37,080 MT annually.

He also said that the state earlier followed the conventional artificial insemination technique during mating season.

“Under this new scheme we will adopt sex sorted artificial insemination of cattle till 2023. We are hopeful that the new scheme will achieve 90 percent cow births with the new system while the current method has a varying mix of cow and bull births”, Nath added.

Under the new scheme the state government is targeting to artificially inseminate 1.57 lakh in next three years including 78,000 cows in current fiscal year, 46,800 cows in 2021-22 and 31,200 cattle in 2022-23 fiscal years.

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Under the ‘Mukhyamantri Unnoto Godhan Prakalpa scheme for every semen the state would spend a sum of Rs 519. The state government has set an estimated cost of Rs 13.10 crore which would be shared by both state and centre on 90:10 share, of which the state has already received Rs 4.25 crore from the Centre.

The minister also said that tenders were floated inviting applications from suppliers for providing the semen straws from other states. “States like Kerela, Haryana, Maharashtra are among the state which have already adopted sex sorted artificial insemination”, Nath said.

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