Adityanath said after inaugurating six-day ‘Zero Investment Natural Agriculture’ workshop in Lucknow, “We plan to start a very big cow sanctuary in every district of UP, but the government will not operate these sanctuaries. The government will only provide infrastructure and would encourage formation of a district level committee.”

There are 75 districts and four agriculture universities in the state. We will link the zero investment natural farming with all four agriculture universities. We have either established Agricultural Science Center in every district or are in the process of establishing them. These agriculture science centres will be very helpful for technique and research of zero investment natural farming,” Adityanath said. Uttar Pradesh Agriculture Minister Surya Pratap Shahi and officials of Lok Bharti were also present on the occasion.

 According to the chief minister, the government will limit to only providing infrastructure for these ‘sanctuaries‘, while forming a district level committee to operate in these sanctuaries.  in the first phase, the Government have decided to start cow sanctuaries in 16 municipal corporations and seven districts of Bundelkhand. On arranging land for the proposed cow sanctuaries, the chief minister said, “We have constituted anti-land mafia task force in the state and 44,000 hectare land has been freed from the clutches of land-mafia. Another 1,53,000 cases have been identified. This land will be used to develop cow sanctuaries.”                                                                                               By Sangeeta



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