Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Congress (M) leader P. J. Joseph clarified in a speech in the Assembly that he is a dedicated dairy farmer. He also said he earns a net profit of Rs 4500 every day. Joseph received acclaim from other MLAs and some of them have already planned a visit to his farm.
Joseph argued for the indigenous cows of India during the discussions on budgetary allocations by the Dairy Development Department. He said that Indian breeds like Gyr, Tharparkar, Sahiwal and Sindhi cows are the best choice for farming. They produce minimum 20 litres of milk per day.
Minister K. Krishnankutty opined that Sahiwal is the best breed among them. But in Joseph’s opinion, Tharparkar breed from Rajasthan is the best of the lot. MLA Veena George revealed that she also grows Sahiwal cows.
Joseph added that the local breeds in Kerala and foreign breeds are not very profitable. The milk production in Kerala breeds like Vechur and Kasaragod Dwarf is very low. In order to produce indigenous Indian breeds, the bulls of those breeds need to be brought to Kerala. He also demanded that the dairy policy of the state need to be amended for this purpose.
"The milk produced in Asia and Africa, which is known as A2 Milk, has a high demand in the market. A2 Milk is very expensive. In future, export of milk from indigenous cows can provide double the profit," Joseph said. Though P. J. Joseph did not reveal how many cows he has, minister K. Raju disclosed that Joseph has 45 cows in his farm.
Joseph further demanded that the government should distribute one cup of milk to school students every day. He also said that he gives 5 litres of milk daily to the students of the government school where he studied.
Once Joseph ended his speech, ministers and MLAs surrounded him to know about the farm. The Assembly appreciated him. Minister K. Raju said that 100 Gyr breed bulls have been brought to Perumatti and 100 more bulls will be brought later.