Cabinet approves implementation of special livestock sector package

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New Delhi: The Central Government on Wednesday,14th of July 2021, has approved the implementation of a special livestock sector package consisting of several activities by revising and realigning various components of the Government of India’s schemes for the next 5 years starting from 2021-22 to further boost growth in the livestock sector and thereby making animal husbandry more remunerative to 10 crore farmers engaged in Animal Husbandry Sector.
A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) that was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“CCEA approves revising and realigning various components of Department of Animal Husbandary and Dairying schemes and special livestock package for leveraging the investment of Rs 54,618 crore”.
This package envisages the central government’s support amounting to Rs 9,800 crore over five years, it added.
As per this, all the schemes of the Department will be merged into three broad categories as Development Programmes which includes Rashtriya Gokul Mission, National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD), National Livestock Mission (NLM), and Livestock Census and Integrated Sample Survey (LC & ISS) as sub-schemes, Disease Control program renamed as Livestock Health and Disease Control (LH & DC) which includes the present Livestock Health and Disease Control (LH & DC) scheme and National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) and Infrastructure Development Fund wherein, the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development fund (AHIDF) and the Dairy Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) are merged and the present scheme for support to Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in Dairy activities is also included in this third category.
The Rashtriya Gokul Mission will help in the development and conservation of indigenous breeds and would also contribute to improving the economic condition of the rural poor. The National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD) scheme is targeted towards the installation of about 8900 bulk milk coolers, thus providing benefit to more than 8 lakh milk producers and 20 LLPD milk will be additionally procured. Under NPDD, financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be availed thus strengthening and creating fresh infrastructure in 4500 villages