Livestock breeding is a very important agriculture allied activity in Kachchh. Traditionally Kachchh is famous for livestock related activities and rural folk is highly dependent on it. Animal husbandry is the second largest employment providing activities in Kachchh after agriculture. Animal husbandry development will have direct impact on the development of rural economy of the district. Animal husbandry is the main source of livelihood for shepherds and many nomadic tribes in Kachchh. Cows and buffaloes are reared as milk cattle in all talukas of Kachchh, mainly by farming communities as a supplementary income source from milk. Sheep, goat, camel, horse and donkey are reared mainly by nomadic tribes in Kachchh. Sheep and goat are reared for wood and meat purpose. Camel, horse and donkey are reared for breeding purpose and selling the mas load carrying animals. ‘Banni’ buffalo, ‘Kankrej’ cow and ox, ’Patanwadi’ sheep and ‘Kachchh’ goat are proven important breeds of Kachchh. The expanding market with rise in demand for diverse animal products and easy access to marketing are added opportunities for further strengthening of this allied sector in the district with wide network of infrastructural and support services.
As per cattel census 2012, the figures for cattel in the district ares Cow Breeds – 583420, Bufalow – 375409, Sheep – 515912, Goats – 401296, Camel – 7967, Other 12487, Total – 1896491
The organization of the district Panchayat carries out tasks like sending the sick animals to the animal hospitals, treating the disease ridden animals on visits or through private calls and by providing treatment for the various illnesses of the animals suffer. Also it provides information and guidance regarding different private projects
Prevention of disease and vaccination
Diseases like gal sundho, kharva movasa, black quarter, sheep pox, rabies etc are found in a large proportion in this district. Disease prevention vaccines are given against these diseases through a rigorous vaccine campaign. Apart from this when there is situation of widespread of a certain disease or an epidemic, steps to control the same are taken by the said branch. Treatment is provided and the research work is carried out by sending the samples for examination to the laboratories. Steps are taken to find out concrete solution against the disease.
Immunization of stray livestock etc found in the village is carried out to restrict reproduction of animals with impurities.
Animal growth/ artificial egg donation
Total 18 Kendra in the district to handle the task of artificial insemination to get high quality sperms of animals like ox and other such animals that give milk. The cow breeds like jersey, H.F. ox’s 50% sperm is given artificial egg donation to get more milk.
Sankalp Patra Project
Under the Sankalp Patra project animal reproduction increase camp and animal education growth camp is organized to train the animal breeders to enable them to be able to take care of their animals, to benefit from animal rearing projects. Also the animal treatment Kendra try to uplift the economic condition of the animal breeders.
Management of Cattle Breeding Farms at Bhuj and Kankrej Buffalo Breeding Farm, Banni
Animal Husbandry Services in Kachchh
|Veterinary Hospitals||Primary Animal Treatment Center||Mobile Animal Treatment Center||Artificial Insemination Center|
Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry
District Panchayat, Bhuj (Kachchh) 370001.
Telephone Number – 02832-221650
Fax Number – 02832-250355
Email – dahokutch[at]gmail[dot]com