To improve the breeds in the milkshed area, Milkfed is undertaking Artificial Insemination programme covering 4313 societies under AI through Single and Cluster AI centers, (Single AI societies = 277, Cluster centres= 813 covering 4036 societies) with 6.76 lac AI done during the year 2015-16.
Milkfed is also having its own Frozen Semen Station at Khanna which is catering to the milk producers of the state and nearby states with total herd strength of bulls as 22 (Murrah-9, HF-11, Sahiwal-1 and Jersy-1). The Semen Station at Khanna is following the quality standard laid down by the Ministry of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India, keeping in view the International Quality Standard. Semen lab is equipped with all the latest equipments viz Photometer, Phase contrast microscope, fully automatic IS-4 printer, cool cabinets, bio freezer, etc. This station has been awarded Grade “A” by the Govt. of India’s special Technical Evaluation Team. The capacity of this station is being expanded from 5 Lac doses to 10 Lac doses per annum.
Milkfed has also been declared implementing agency by the State Govt. to implement Buffalo Breed Improvement through an Integrated Programme for Breeding and Management for Enhancing Income Level of small farmers in the State by providing AI services at the doorsteps of the farmers, 24 hours x 7 days, by inseminating the buffaloes with semen of Dams’ Milk Yield of 4000 liters and above and in cows with semen of Dams’ Milk Yield of 7000 liters and above by engaging NGOs J.K. Trust and BAIF.
Both the NGOs have established 200 Integrated Buffalo Development Centers (IBDCs) covering 1600 villages, in border areas of Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur and Gurdaspur: Kandi and Bet areas of Hoshiarpur and Ropar: Trans-Ghaghar areas of Patiala and Sangrur and water logged areas of Muktsar District in Punjab. Both the NGOs have done 1247664 AIs (737520 buffalo and 510144 cow) with 456443 calves born (285176 buffalo and 171267 cow) till 31st December, 2015. A sum of Rs. 2966.00 lacs has been received from RKVY to implement the project and the same has been disbursed to NGOs J.K. Trust and BAIF. Including NGOs, Milkfed is covering 5913 villages under AI.Productivity Enhancement Programmes