Government to spur growth of livestock sector by improving farmers’ access to animal health and credit services: Parshottam Rupala

Parshottam Rupala at the inauguration of the Conclave of 75 entrepreneurs and the exhibition of 75 indigenous cattle breeds

Unnat Pashudhan Sashakt Kisan Conclave – the Conclave of 75 entrepreneurs and exhibition of 75 indigenous livestock breeds was inaugurated yesterday (June 1) in New Delhi by Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Industry dairy. Dr L Murugan, MoS, FAHD, and Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, MoS, FAHD, were guest of honor and delivered keynote addresses at the event.

Parshottam Rupala, Dr. L. Murugan and Dr. Sanjeev Balyan kicked off the digital exhibit, which will showcase the top 75 native breeds of cattle/goat/avian/swine. 75 indigenous livestock breeds were showcased in a digital exhibit, along with success stories from dairy and poultry farmers, OPAs, innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and industry.

The event was attended by Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, DAHD, and Dr OP Chaudhary, Co-Secretary, DAHD. Meenesh Shah, Chairman, NDDB, Sanjay Singal, COO – Dairy & Beverages, ITC Ltd., Sangram Chaudhary, MD, Banaskantha District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union Ltd., and other dairy sector representatives were present. Over 1200 farmers attended the event. Farmers across the country were linked to the event through 1,000 joint service centers.

Within the framework of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Department of Livestock and Dairy Industry of the Ministry of FAHD, in collaboration with the CII, organized the Conclave with a focus on dairy and poultry farmers , innovative entrepreneurs, startups and industry. Today Rupala performed Gou Puja in preparation for the Conclave.

Rupala said during his speech at the conclave that India’s dairy sector is growing rapidly due to the combined efforts of all stakeholders. The minister said the government intends to increase farmers’ access to animal health and credit services to ensure the growth of the livestock sector.

At the Conclave, Rupala announced the A-HELP training program. During the event, the Minister paid tribute to three Padma Shree Laureates: Prof. Moti Lal Madan, Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma and Dr. Sosamma Iype. During the Conclave, Rupala also recognized the winners of the Animal Husbandry Startup Grand Challenge 2.0.

The Unnat Pashudhan Sashakt Kisan Conclave saw the release of a coffee table book on 75 native races and 75 entrepreneurs. The event featured videos from four farmers who received national and international recognition for their innovative agricultural and dairy techniques.

During his speech, Dr. Murugan explained how India is making rapid progress towards bringing quality animal health services to the doorstep of farmers.

Dr. Balyan explained how the NPDD program is accelerating the development of dairy production and processing infrastructure across India.

In his speech at the conclave, Atul Chaturvedi said farmers across the country are linked to the event through 1,000 joint service centers. Dr OP Chaudhary said all stakeholders must work together to ensure that future generations benefit from the dairy industry. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Praveen Malik, Livestock Commissioner, DAHD.

The Conclave conference will focus on three technical thematic sessions: increasing productivity and improving animal health, adding value and linking to markets, and innovation and technology. The focus is on highlighting key trends, identifying opportunities and developing a clear roadmap for the dairy and poultry sectors, with a focus on increasing farmer incomes .

The Conclave sessions will highlight some of the innovative solutions/best practices that have the potential to transform the dairy and poultry sectors and increase farmers’ incomes, with the aim of creating a roadmap for the dairy and poultry sectors.

It will be a deep dive into emerging opportunities and a platform to learn from the experiences of progressive farmers, entrepreneurs and start-ups on how adding value, diversifying product portfolios and improving access to the market have contributed to changing the dynamics of the dairy industry and poultry value chains and creating better income opportunities.

First published: Jun 02, 2022, 06:51 IST

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