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As demand for Murrah grows, govt to upgrade semen bank

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CHANDIGARH: Haryana's Murrah buffalo has emerged as a much sought after animal in the world.

With the Murrah's pedigree and machismo gaining popularity, demand for its semen is increasing all over the country. This has forced the Haryana government to boost the annual Murrah semen production capacity to 50 lakh straws (doses) from 32 lakh.
Haryana's Murrah buffalo has emerged as a much sought after animal in the world.
A Murrah buffalo can produce up to 32kg of milk a day, almost double of an ordinary buffalo. Murrah buffaloes became popular after 2010 Commonwealth Games when some of Haryana's medal-winning wrestlers claimed that this breed's milk was the secret behind their success. A good Murrah can fetch around Rs 2 lakh. Recently, an Andhra Pradesh farmer had bought a Murrah buffalo from Haryana for Rs 25 lakh.

Newly-appointed director general of the animal husbandry department GS Jakhar said the Hissar-based semen centre would be upgraded with an …