The Arunachal Chief Minister – Pema Khandu on Tuesday flagged off 30 Mobile Veterinary Units (MVUs) for the frontier state, in the presence of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Minister – Tage Taki, among others.
These vehicles will be deployed throughout the state to address livestock health and treatment, as the vehicles will be equipped with veterinary tools to diagnose, treat and begin minor surgeries on animals.
Besides, the state government has procured 12 Force Traveller ambulances and 18 Mahindra Bolero vehicles to provide veterinary services to farmers at their doorsteps, as part of the central government’s Livestock Health and Disease Control Scheme.
As per the 100 percent centrally-sponsored scheme, the frontier state was granted Rs 4 crore, which was utilized for procurement of the Traveller ambulances for Rs 16 lakhs each and Mahindra Bolero customized vehicles for Rs 11.55 lakhs each, including taxes and levies.
Following the flagging off the MVUs, Khandu expressed gratitude to the central government, especially the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Ministry of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, and noted that livestock producers will greatly benefit from the service.
“Besides taking care of existing farmers who depend upon their livestock, the service will also encourage more farmers to take up livestock farming in a big way,” he said.
Khandu commended the state’s animal husbandry & veterinary department for judiciously utilizing the central fund and acquire the MVUs within a short span of time.
He advised the district veterinary offices, who will be taking over the MVUs, on how to maintain the vehicles and transform their services easily accessible to the farmers.
The CM expressed optimism that “the introduction of these vehicles, will facilitate the mobility for the field veterinarian and farmers to provide doorstep treatment to their livestock.”
As per the CM’s PR Cell, a toll-free number – 1962, will soon be made operational for the farmers, for prompt treatment of their cattles.
The scheme sponsored by Centre at the cost of Rs 4 Cr would provide doorstep service to farmers & have transformative impact.
A Toll Free No. 1962 shall soon be operational where farmers can ask for veterinary service. MVUs will cover 18 districts & stationed at 12 spots. 2/2 pic.twitter.com/tJX8UdH1Ag
— Pema Khandu པདྨ་མཁའ་འགྲོ་། (@PemaKhanduBJP) November 22, 2022