Special Livestock Sector Package

News: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved implementation of a special livestock sector package.

Details:

  • Aim:To boost growth in the livestock sector and thereby making animal husbandry more remunerative to 10 crore farmers engaged in Animal Husbandry Sector.
  • Total Amount:The Central government will spend Rs. 9,800 crore on livestock development over the next five years in a bid to leverage almost Rs. 55,000 crore of outside investment into the sector.
  • It includes the share of investments by State Governments, State Cooperatives, Financial institutions, External funding agenciesand other stakeholders.
  • The package has been designed by revising and realigning various componentsof the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying’ Schemes for the next five years, starting 2021-22.
  • All the schemes of the Department will be merged into three broad categories as:
  • It 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.
  • It is 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).
  • 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.

Significance:

  • The Rashtriya Gokul Missionwill help in development and conservation of indigenous breeds and would also contribute in improving the economic condition of the rural poor.
  • The National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD)scheme is targeted towards installation of about 8900 bulk milk coolers, thus providing benefit to more than 8 lakh milk producers and 20 LLPD (Lakh Litres Per Day) milk will be additionally procured.
  • Under NPDD, financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)will be available thus strengthening and creating fresh infrastructure in 4500 villages.