Gujarat Chief Minister Shri Vijay Rupani and other dignitaries presented best cattle-rearer awards to 566 state, district and taluka level winners at the annual 2016-17 awards distribution ceremony at Rajkot today.
The first state level prize went to Sanjaybhai Ravjibhai Mendpara of Upleta taulka in Rajkot district, the second prize to Lakshiben Jasubhai Patel of Matoda village in Khedbrahma taluka in Sabarkantha district and the third prize to Kirtibhai Jerambhai Parekhia of Gandevi taluka in Navsari taluka. Two winners were selected from each district and two winners from each taluka by the Animal Husbandry Department.
Speaking on the occasion, CM Shri Rupani underscored the need for encouraging dairy as a fulltime avocation. The government is offering many schemes to encourage and improve milk cattle breeds. He said that Gujarat cattle-rearers are supplying milk to different places in India. As many as 3,800 dairies are run by all-women milk co-operative societies alone in Gujarat.
He said that Gujarat Government has implemented Rs.5,000-crore SAUNI Yojana, while tenders have been issued for another Rs.6,000-crore project to ensure adequate water supply for irrigation and animal husbandry in the water-starved Saurashtra region.
Those present on the occasion included Water Supply and Animal Husbandry Minister Shri Babubhai Bokharia, MP Shri Mohanbhai Kundaria, MLA Shri Govindbhai Patel, State Municipal Finance Board Chairman Shri Dhansukhbhai Bhanderi, GoSeva Ayog Chairman Shri Vallabhbhai Kathiria, Pavitra Yatradham Board Vice-Chairman Shri Rajubhai Druv, District Collector Shri Vikrant Pandey, DDO Shri G.T. Pandya, Police Commissioner Shri Anupam Gehlot.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat