Over 40% increase in livestock sector budget and 48% increase in allocation for central sector schemes: Rupala

The 2022-2023 Union budget contains numerous measures for the livestock and dairy sector as well as the fisheries sector.

Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Shri Parshottam Rupala said the budget is truly a people’s budget. This budget brings a lot of confidence in the development process. The budget continues the Indian government’s strategy of investing in infrastructure, consolidating finances and ensuring the economy is on a strong growth path. It is pro-poor, women and marginalized section. Amrit Kaal’s project clearly emphasizes the government’s intentions to improve the productive efficiency of capital and human resources. This emphasizes the idea of ​​’trust-based governance’. He reiterated the Prime Minister’s sentiments that “Yeh budget Vikas ka naya vishwas lekar aya hai”.

The main strengths of the Union budget 2022-2023 vis-à-vis the livestock sector and the dairy industry are numerous. Most important, however, is the increase in the livestock sector budget by more than 40% for 2022-23 and the increase in the allocation for central sector schemes by more than 48%. This shows the government’s commitment under the leadership of the Prime Minister, to the growth of livestock and dairy farmers, the minister said. It is expected that the increased allocation for dairy and livestock programs will benefit Indian dairy farmers, he added.

The Union Minister observed that the reduction of the alternative minimum tax for cooperatives from 18.5% to 15% is indeed an important announcement that would provide a level playing field between cooperative societies and businesses. He said that since most of our dairy fraternity represents the cooperative sector, the announcement of a reduction in the surtax and the alternative minimum tax will have a positive impact on the incomes of dairy producers across the country. Similarly, the reduction of the surtax on cooperative societies from 12% to 7% for those whose total income is above 1 crore and up to 10 crore will benefit thousands of dairy cooperatives in the country, resulting by higher incomes for dairy producers. .

Incentive innovations in digital banking, digital payments and fintech will have a ripple effect in the livestock sector through greater transparency by streamlining payments when purchasing milk and other services provided by breeders.

The Union Minister said the announcement of chemical-free natural farming incentives across the country will play a major role in improving the quality of livestock feed and fodder; this will in turn increase the productivity of our cattle and livestock.

He added that 95% of pastoralists are concentrated in rural India, infrastructure development under the “Vibrant Villages Programme” will play an important role in improving market access for these pastoralists.

In the Union budget, an increase of nearly 60% in livestock health and disease control allocation for 2022-23 over the previous year will ensure healthier livestock and a healthier India. better health through the implementation of the “One Health mission”.

The 20% budget increase in 2022-2023 for the Rashtriya Gokul Mission and the National Dairy Development Program will help increase the productivity of the indigenous cattle population and the production of quality milk for the benefit of 8 million dairy farmers.

Similarly, the Prime Minister’s Development Initiative for the North East will play a pivotal role in upgrading infrastructure across a range of sectors, including fisheries, poultry processing, animal feed and dairy. in the 8 Northeastern states.

Supporting start-ups in agriculture and related sectors through NABARD will spur development projects and investments in rural areas, increase productivity and incomes through an infusion of new technologies into production systems and commercialization of agriculture, dairy products, livestock and fisheries and will facilitate rural prosperity. The Union Minister said promoting the use of Kisan drones will pave the way for the application of drone technology for better herd management and farm safety.

Regarding the announcement relating to the Ministry of Fisheries, Union Minister FAHD said that the overall D/Fishery budget for the financial year 2022-23 has been increased by 73% compared to the allocation of Rs. 1220 crores in the year 2021-22. The total budget allocation for the department for the year 2022-23 stands at Rs. 2118.47 crores compared to Rs. 1220 crores (BE) in 2021-22. The allocation to Pradhan’s flagship program Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) has been increased by 88% to Rs. 1,879 crore for the year 2022-23 from Rs. 1,000 crore (BE) in 2021-22, a- he added. He welcomed the announcement of reduced tariffs on shrimp aquaculture to promote export.

With the improved allocation of Rs. 1879 crore for PMMSY, the Department plans to establish seaweed seed banks and facilitate the marketing of seaweed through appropriate demand aggregators and create the necessary infrastructure to ensure a effective seaweed marketing to accelerate seaweed cultivation and open up additional livelihood opportunities for fishers. The Department will also undertake the establishment of a network of brood banks for economically important fish species such as Penaeus Indicus and Penaeus Monodon using indigenous technology to make quality seed available to shrimp farmers in quantity. sufficient. In line with the budget announcement, the department will put in place an appropriate institutional mechanism for the provision of digital and high-tech services. [SF1] fishermen and fish farmers.

The department will also step up its efforts to upgrade fishing ports and landing centers to ensure greater value for the catches of marine fishers who toil at sea against all odds to get their catches.

Most importantly, the Department of Fisheries will endeavor to promote alternative livelihoods for fishermen by encouraging them to engage in water sports and fishing tourism. A center of excellence for the promotion of science-based aquaculture will also be considered.

He said he instructed the department to explore the possibilities of developing modern fish markets to improve hygiene and attract new customers. As a pilot project, 50 new fish markets will be upgraded this year. The implementation of welfare activities such as fishermen’s insurance, savings assistance and vessel insurance with better coverage will remain one of the main priorities of the ministry.

There has been a significant increase in the budget for each program in the Livestock Department.

(With GDP entries)

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