Balyan inaugurates Animal Quarantine Certification Services

Pashu Sandesh, 27 November 2022

As part of the National Milk Day celebrations on 26th November 2022, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Ministry of Fisheries Animal Husbandry and Dairying dedicated Animal Quarantine Certification Services (AQCS) facility station in Hasserghata Bengaluru. The station was completed recently and is inaugurated by Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal husbandry & dairying, Government of India on National Milk Day in the presence of Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Govt. of India. 

Animal Quarantine Certification Services AQCS, Bangalore was initiated in August 2009 and the station has been functioning from the airport satellite office at Alpha 3, Kempegowda International airport, Bengaluru, Karnataka. Since its inception, the station has seen a substantial increase in its workload and the movement of Livestock and Livestock products has increased manifold. However, in the absence of a Quarantine facility, the Import of Live animals like Horses, cattle, Sheep, Goats etc. was not allowed import in Bengaluru.  Accordingly, the construction work started in the 10 acres area at Hessarghata, Bengaluru with funding from the Ministry of Fisheries Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, the work has been executed by CPWD, Bangalore. 

The station has come up with state-of-the-art buildings and infrastructure. With the ambient climatic conditions of Bengaluru, it is envisaged that the climatic conditions will be most suitable for live animals to be imported and such imported animals will be acclimatized properly at the Quarantine station in Hessarghata.

This station will facilitate regions in the country, especially the Southern States, to import and export livestock and livestock products and boost trade.  The AQCS will be equipped with an online clearance System for imports of livestock products and livestock in due course and be a game changer for the local economy.