Health, Karimnagar, National, Telangana

Frozen Semen Bull Station, only one in TS, is on the verge of extinction in Karimnagar

Construction of double bedroom houses, vegetable market and allocating of site to TTD for construction of temple poses threat to bio-security

KARIMNAGAR, FEBRUARY 16, The Telangana state’s only Frozen Semen Bull Station (FSBS) in Padmanagar on the outskirts of Karimnagar town is on the verge of extinction with the alienation of its lands to various other organization and polluting the premises.

Earlier, the Congress government had allocated its 200 acres of lands to Satavahana University and 35 acres to Polytechnic college very far away from the FSBS to avoid its pollution and protect the bio-security of the station. However, the TRS government had allocated 10 acres of land to double bedroom housing scheme, including Ambedkar bhavan and a shadikhana, another 10 acres for the construction of Sri Venkateshwara Swamy temple by TTD authorities and another two acres of land for the modern rythu bazaar very close to the FSBS putting its bio-security at threat.

Set up in 1985 and maintained by the Telangana State Livestock Development Agency (TSLDA) to produce hybrid variety of milching animals in order to increase milk production by artificial insemination. The station houses bulls with superior germplasm from Germany and Denmark, among others. No human habitation is allowed within the bio-secure zone of one km radius round the centre to protect the germplasm.

Officials of FSBS expressed concern over the allocation of their land to various constructions and causing ecological imbalance and spreading diseases. They said that the construction activities for human habitations would pose serious threat to the bulls from Germany, Denmark and other states of the country with superior germplasm housed in the FSBS.

Stating that the FSBS is the only bull semen collection centre in thestate to win the national award for the best semen producing centre in the country, the officials said that the construction of occupancy of double bedroom houses and construction of TTD temple and opening of market would pose serious threat to the bulls and spread diseases and produce disease causing semen thus affecting the progeny.

They also reminded that FSBS plays a crucial role in the ‘White Revolution’ by providing quality frozen semen doses for artificial insemination of milch animals. Further, the FSBS is the only bull station recognised by the Government of India with grade ‘A’ because of its bio-security measures. It has allocated funds from the World Bank under the National Dairy Plan-I to strengthen the facility and increase bull strength and increase frozen semen doses collection.


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