The provincial government is taking measures to ensure timely completion of the Veterinary University project in Bahawalpur. The project would promote development in the area and expand employment opportunities in the livestock sector.
These views were expressed by Minister for Cooperatives Malik Iqbal Channar on Monday. He was speaking to the media at a prize distribution ceremony after a cow and camel milking competition at Jugait Pir’s Agricultural Farm.
Channar said livelihoods of a large number of people in the Cholistan region depended on the livestock sector.
He said the provincial government was aware of this and had started the Veterinary University project to facilitate the people. He said a cattle vaccination campaign had also been started in the area. The Livestock Department staff was going to the farmers’ doorsteps to vaccinate the cattle, he said.
Channar said that to develop the rural economy growth in meat and milk production was imperative. He said that under a plan devised on the directives of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif staff would be deployed at the village level to help livestock farmers in this regard.
As many as 62 cows and 49 camels were brought to the festival from across the division for the competition.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 12th, 2016.