The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department of Assam today organized a Seminar cum Bi-Annual Conference on Animal Husbandry and Veterinary at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Khanapara. The seminar was arranged for the first time under the Directorate along with the bi-annual conference.
Shyam Jagannathan, Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam, Finance Department stressed on the necessity of the seminar. ‘Established in 1905, this department has come a long way, but the commitments are yet to be fulfilled, which is really sad,’ said Jagannathan. ‘Even after various provisions by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the department has failed to uplift the farmers of the State,’ he further mentioned.
He urged all the District Veterinary Officers present in the conference to make a common action plan specifically in the field operations of the department in the district and block levels. He also asked to identify all the gaps in the proper implementation of schemes with a service-related approach. Saddened by the dilapidated infrastructure, Jagannathan stated that the seminar shall discuss plans to upgrade the infrastructure of veterinary hospitals, dispensaries, dairy farms and others. He requested the District Veterinary Officers to work on linking the farmers with the bank for sustainability.
The seminar put special focus on upgrading the IT cell of the department along with the laboratories and trained professionals. The officials were asked to give a demand-based and sector-specific service in the State.