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Uttarakhand imports 240 merino sheep from Australia to improve breed

The Uttarakhand government has imported 240 merino sheep from Australia under the National Livestock Mission to upgrade the sheep breed in the state and increase the production of quality wool. 

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Triven…



The Uttarakhand government has imported 240 merino sheep from Australia under the National Livestock Mission to upgrade the sheep breed in the state and increase the production of quality wool. 

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said in a press conference here on Thursday that this revolutionary and progressive step will prove to be a boon for the farmers of the state.  The state government aims to increase the productivity of high quality wool through technology from the existing 558 tonnes to over 1,000 tonnes. 

This will help people in the hilly areas of the state to live in their villages and engage in sheep breeding as a sustainable economic activity.

 Animal Husbandry Secretary Meenakshi Sundaram said 240 merino sheep have been imported at a cost of Rs 8.5 crore and 40 of them are male sheep, while 200 are female sheep.  Sundaram said that at present, these sheep have been kept in a village in Tehri district. 

They will be vaccinated against cracking and oral disease within a month and will be introduced in reproductive activities in a phased manner.

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