PANAJI: Union agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh, who recently launched the national ‘Gokul’ mission, refrained to comment on the demand for anti-cow slaughter bill.
The minister remained tight-lipped on the issue and only said the ministry has been working towards ‘preservation and protection’ of cows.
“I feel the cattle should be protected. The ministry talks about their protection and preservation. Whatever is possible through my ministry, we will do for the cause,” Singh told reporters.
The recent All India Hindu Convention, organized by the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti in Goa, had demanded that a bill banning cow slaughter should be enacted in India.
“The country has 17 per cent foreign and 83 per cent local breed cattle, if we protect indigenous breeds then there will be an increase in the production of the milk,” the minister said.
He said that recently the national ‘Gokul’ mission has been launched which will work towards preservation, protection of the cattle, increasing quality of local breeds, and also talks about cow sanctuary.
“The guidelines of the mission have already been issued,” he added.
The minister also announced an institution to promote cashew and spice cultivation in Goa.
“It is a small state but it is very important destination for cashew and spices. Institutes will be established in the state to increase the production of spices and cashew,” he said.
He also informed that the state government’s proposal to set up second milk cooperative union in Goa is also under consideration of the state.