CCEA Authorizes Realignment of Livestock and Dairy Department Programs
The Center decided on Wednesday to review and realign the programs of the Department of Livestock and Dairy Production and to implement them under the Special Package for the Livestock Sector over the next five years from of fiscal year 2021-22, with the aim of leveraging an investment of Rs. 54,618 crores.
A decision in this regard was taken at the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“This package provides for central government support of Rs 9,800 crore over five years to leverage a total investment of Rs 54,618 crore over five years,” according to an official statement.
The programs have been realigned and revised to further stimulate the growth of the livestock sector and thereby make livestock more profitable for the 10 crore of farmers engaged in the sector, he said.
According to the revision, all plans in the department will be merged into three main categories.
The first category will be development programs, which include the Rashtriya Gokul mission, the National Dairy Development Program (NPDD), the National Livestock Mission (NLM) and the Livestock Census and Integrated Sample Survey. (LC & ISS) as subroutines.
The second category is the disease control program renamed Livestock Health and Disease Control (LH & DC), which includes the current LH & DC program and the National Animal Disease Control Program (NADCP).
The third category is the Infrastructure Development Fund, in which the Livestock Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) and the Dairy Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) are merged. The current support system for dairy cooperatives and organizations of agricultural producers carrying out dairy activities also falls into this third category.
Regarding the impact of the program review, the government said that the Rashtriya Gokul mission would help the development and conservation of indigenous races and also help improve the economic situation of the rural poor.
The NPDD program aims to install around 8,900 bulk milk coolers, providing benefits to more than eight lakh milk producers, and 20 lakh liters of milk per day will also be purchased.
Under the NPDD, financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be made available, thereby strengthening and creating new infrastructure in 4,500 villages, the statement added.