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Maha Cabinet approves 'veterinary mobile van' service for cattle 

ANI | Updated: Feb 12, 2019 17:00 IST

Mumbai (Maharashtra), [India], Feb 12 (ANI): Maharashtra government on Tuesday approved veterinary van services for 34 districts in the state for cows injured in road accidents or need emergency medical care. 

The decision was taken by the Maharashtra state cabinet and Rs 16 crore has been sanctioned for the scheme. 

In the initial phase, around 60 vans will be operational and gradually the number will be raised.

According to the Minister for Animal Husbandry for Maharashtra Mahadev Jankar, "The department will soon provide a contact number which can be easily accessible by all. The service is especially meant for farmers. To avail the service, farmers have to drop a message to the department and they have to provide all the details. The veterinary van will reach to them and vets will help the farmers accordingly."

The veterinarians will also assist the cattle during the calving process.

At present, India’s stray cattle population is estimated to have around 5.2 million while Maharashtra alone has 7.5 lakh cows, as per livestock census data of state animal husbandry. (ANI)