Uttarakhand becomes first state to produce sex-sorted semen for livestock

Uttarakhand becomes first state to produce sex-sorted semen for livestock

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DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand has become the country’s first state to produce sex-sorted semen, which can enhance the possibility of the birth of female calves to ninety percent.

A laboratory in Rishikesh under Gokul Mission has started producing sex-sorted semen with the help of technology which can increase the chances of birth of female calves to ninety percent, Secretary Animal Husbandry R Meenakshi Sundaram said at a press conference here on Saturday.

Describing it as a major step towards doubling the income of farmers and cattle keepers, the official said they will get equal subsidies of Rs 400 from both – the state government and Centre – for each dosage of sex-sorted semen.

With the subsidies provided by the Centre and the state government, each dose of sex-sorted semen will come for approximately Rs 300, whereas it’s market price is Rs 1,200.

Normally, there are 50 percent chances of the birth of a female calf, this technology will increase it to 90 percent, the secretary said.

The programme is being run by the livestock development board under a contract inked with a US firm for technological assistance.

Uttarakhand is also planning to sell the sex-sorted semen to other states.

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