Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Agriculture Production Department, Atal Dulloo, today inaugurated 20 Mobile Veterinary Units (MVUs) during a function organized here at Balole, Bari Brahmana, Samba.
The MVUs will be operated through a centralized call centre with a uniform helpline number 1962. It will receive calls from livestock owners/farmers and a Veterinarian will prioritize all calls on the basis of emergency nature and will inform the nearest MVU for attending the case at farmer’s doorstep.
Besides, MVUs will provide veterinary diagnosis, treatment, vaccination, artificial inseminations, minor surgical interventions and extension services to farmers at their doorsteps.
Each MVU will be manned by a qualified Veterinary Doctor and a Paravet for providing specialized services to livestock owners/farmers in far flung areas. During the event, ACS also inaugurated the new Paravet Training Institute office building.
The institute will impart relevant education and trainings to Paravets in the region, aimed at their knowledge updation and skill development in animal husbandry and veterinary practices.
The Institute will also impart short-term training on Artificial Inseminations in livestock to the Paravets in order to enhance outreach of breed improvement programmes in livestock being implemented by the Animal Husbandry Department.
In near future, the institute shall be strengthened to train Multipurpose Artificial Insemination workers in Rural India (MAITRIs) who at present have to go outside the UT for prescribed 3 month course.
Director Animal Husbandry, Jammu, Dr. Shubhra Sharma, Joint Directors, Deputy Directors and other senior officers of AHD were present on the occasion.