Assam Government Launches Livestock Ambulance
The 19th Livestock Census held in 2012, pegged the livestock population in Assam at 19.8 million. This includes 10.30 million heads of cattle, 435,270 buffaloes, 518,070 sheep, 6.1 million goats, 14,150 horses and ponies, 1050 donkeys, 1.63 million pigs, 527,520 dogs and 450 elephants. However, even with 1,517 veterinary polyclinics, hospitals, dispensaries and first-aid centres (based on State Government figures), many remote villages still lack in providing prompt and advanced services. Keeping this in mind, the Assam Government plans to introduce the livestock ambulances for the ill, injured or dead livestock.
As a pilot project, six livestock ambulances in the interior parts of Assam have already been in operation. These ambulances have doctors and other support staff to provide emergency care to the suffering livestock. Minister for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary, Atul Bora, said that if this pilot project proves beneficial and successful, such services will be made available across the State.
In addition to this, to showcase the prospects of the North-East in the area of animal husbandry, the Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Department, Assam, and Assam Livestock & Poultry Corporation will also organize a National Livestock and Poultry Show. The show is scheduled to be held from 7th to 10th of November, 2019, at the College of Veterinary Science, Khanapara, Guwahati. The show will host a lot of workshops, seminars and training sessions, along with buyer-seller meets. The event will be graced by Union Cabinet Minister Giriraj Singh and the Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal.