Thiruvananthapuram: Despite the raging controversies in the political circles over his friction with the State Government, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has found time to rear cows and goats at the Raj Bhavan, his official residence here.
Under his initiative, an animal farm was set up recently at the sprawling Raj Bhavan campus. With the aim of achieving self-reliance in milk production, the Governor took the lead to buy two rare breed Vechur cows and 10 goats. The Governor takes care of these animals whenever he gets time off from his busy official schedule.
At present, milk needed for Raj Bhavan is bought from outside. It was Arif Khan himself who proposed the idea of starting an animal farm since Raj Bhavan has abundant space and all the required facilities to start such a venture.
Cows and goats were brought from the Mannuthy farm of the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU).
Around 20 roosters were also brought along with its coops.
A team of Assistant Professors and Senior Farm Supervisors from the Veterinary University were earlier pressed into service at Raj Bhavan to give training to the Governor's staff on animal husbandry.