BANGALORE: Dairy Cooperative Societies’ Artificial Insemination (AI) workers will soon have an insurance coverage, salary of `1,000 per month and interest-free loan to buy vehicles so that they carry on their task in a timely manner, G Somashekhara Reddy, Chairman of Karnataka Milk Federation, announced.
He was speaking at a State-level Artificial Insemination Workers Technical Conference organised to recognise the contribution of village-level Dairy Cooperative Societies’ artificial insemination workers.
Reddy said, “It is the service of AI workers which has helped us in achieving the second place in milk production in the country. The Co-operative Societies’ model has been very successful in the State and we have achieved an average daily milk production of 46.49 lakh litres in 2011-12 as against 20.50 lakh in 2001-02.”
Dr M N Venkataramu, Managing Director of KMF said, during 2001-02, 10.05 lakh artificial inseminations were done and 2.17 lakh cow calves and 51,000 buffalo calves were born. In 2011-12, 22.70 lakh artificial insemination have been done and 5.55 lakh cow calves and 1.10 buffalo calves were born. “We have seen a tremendous growth in this platform and National Dairy Plan drawn for 2022 envisages insemination target of 100 million doses per year,” he added.