Tangible interventions in the livestock sector can increase household incomes and empower women: LG Sinha
Srinagar, October 11: Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Minister Parshottam Rupala and Lieutenant Governor (LG) Manoj Sinha on Tuesday launched the “A-HELP” (Accredited Health and extension of animal production) and the mobile veterinary unit program in the territory of the J&K Union.
Speaking on the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor expressed deep gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji and Union Minister Parshottam Rupala Ji for implementing the “A-HELP” program for the energy sector. breeding at J&K and the launch of 50 state-of-the-art mobile veterinary units. provide veterinary health services at home.
The new initiative will play an important role in vaccination, breeding and livestock extension programs, he said.
“Now the veterinary hospital is only a phone call away. Dairy farmers can dial 1962 by phone and a mobile veterinary unit, equipped with state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic and treatment accessories, a trained veterinarian, a para-vet, will be at their doorstep, the Lieutenant Governor added.
Emphasizing that women have played a crucial role in sustaining household incomes by participating in agricultural activities, including livestock, the Lieutenant Governor said, “Tangible interventions in the livestock sector can ensure increased household income and the empowerment of women”.
Although the livestock sector offers huge opportunities for women, but until now the institutional support was lacking. This gap will be filled with the launch of the “A-HELP” program, the lieutenant governor added.
The Lieutenant Governor said that for holistic agriculture and related sector growth, we have identified key areas where J&K UT has a core competency for integrated action.
“We decided to achieve certain goals with clear objectives. It is our responsibility to fully support our farmers in building a bright future for themselves and for society,” he added.
Noting that the agriculture and related sectors are full of self-confidence today and are moving on the path of progress, the Lieutenant Governor informed that a supreme committee has already set the roadmap and ensured farmers that no region of the country has developed such a model.
He also requested the participation of all stakeholders for the effective implementation of the recommendations of the apex committee in the field.
The Lieutenant Governor further said that the dedicated efforts of self-help groups and cooperatives are complemented by government support to strengthen the entire value chain, from dairy production, processing to marketing, so that farmers can receive higher prices and improve their quality of life.
Self-help milk groups and agricultural producer organizations established by JKRLM will be referred to as village-level dairy cooperative societies and become eligible for various benefits provided under different central sector programs, the lieutenant governor said.
Union Minister Parshottam Rupala, who presided over the launch ceremony, congratulated the UT Government and the people of J&K on the start of a new era in the livestock and healthcare sector vets and became the first UT to launch the Mobile Veterinary Unit program.
The Union Minister said that the “A-HELP” scheme and the mobile veterinary unit scheme will increase the accessibility of veterinary services at the doorstep of farmers while empowering the Pashu Sakhis.
He also ensured the full support of the Union Ministry to the UT Government for the development and growth of the fisheries, livestock and dairy sectors.
The Union Minister called on the farming community to reap the benefits of the plans and programs launched by the central government under the leadership of the Prime Minister aimed at improving the standard of living and their general welfare.
Furthermore, the Union Minister said that the record number of tourists visiting UT speaks volumes about the new and changed Jammu Kashmir. He also expressed his affection for the language, culture and warm hospitality of the people of J&K.
Noting that dairy farmers have played a key role in J&K UT’s self-sufficiency in dairy production, the Lieutenant Governor directed the Animal Husbandry Department and cooperatives to work closely together at every stage to meet future challenges.
He was informed that 50% of the costs are borne by the UT administration to ensure increased ownership of dairy units by women and weaker sections, and encourage entrepreneurs to purchase milk cooling units, a dairy, a milk processing unit or a milk van.
The Lieutenant Governor made a special mention to Chandni Dairy Farmers Producer Organization in Mitrigam, Pulwama, where 11 women came together and set a good example for the whole of UT by making unprecedented efforts in strategy branding and marketing in collaboration with Rural Livelihood Mission and Animal Husbandry. Department.
The prevention of lumpy skin disease is one of the government’s top priorities. I request reports from districts from time to time and have instructed the Department of Animal Husbandry and Deputy Commissioners to take special measures for the prevention of disease, the Lieutenant Governor said.
Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor congratulated the farmers and Pashu Sakhis for launching the two important livestock initiatives. This momentous occasion will lay a solid foundation for realizing the 2027 vision, he added.
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Union Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry, said the A-HELP program and mobile veterinary unit program will bring a paradigm shift in veterinary health care services at J&K. He also shared the central government’s vision to bring about transformational change in the livestock and dairy sectors and encourage entrepreneurial-driven development.
Atal Dulloo, Additional Chief Secretary of the Agricultural Production Department, said it is a proud moment that J&K has been selected for the pilot launch of the A-HELP program. He said new initiatives under the convergence of two ministries, Livestock and Rural Development, through the National Rural Livelihoods Mission, will help bridge the gap between government services. animal husbandry and veterinary health.
He further informed that during the first phase, the department aims to train 3000 pashu Sakhis in vaccination, ear marking, first aid, artificial insemination, extension services, etc. and that they will also receive fees for their services.
The additional chief secretary also highlighted steps taken to promote niche local products like Kaladi, in addition to increasing milk production and developing OPAs.
Upamanyu Basu, Joint Secretary of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry, gave detailed information on the A-HELP program and recently launched Mobile Veterinary Unit programs.
Dr. Arif Bashir shed light on the past, present and future of J&K’s dairy business. He also informed about various initiatives taken for the development of the dairy sector in UT.
Shabnam Kamili, Secretary of Agricultural Production and Farmers Welfare Department delivered the welcome speech.
Indu Kanwal Chib, Mission Director, J&K Rural Livelihoods Mission, on behalf of the self-help group members, thanked the government for taking various initiatives to empower SHG women in UT.
She said that SHGs are ready to be part of the government’s efforts for the growth of the dairy processing sector and hopes that JKRLM will be included in various verticals of agriculture.
Pashu Sakhis and Progressive Farmers shared their success stories and expressed their gratitude to the government for their continued support.
The Union Minister and Lieutenant Governor pointed out the fleet of Mobile Veterinary Units to mark the occasion.
Publications including A-HELP and Healthy Animals, Healthy People joint implementation guidelines issued by dignitaries, as well as letters of sanction under KCC were delivered to recipients.
A documentary on the integrated dairy development program was also presented on this occasion.
Progressive farmers, Pashu Sakhis, members of the J&K Dairy Farmers Association and senior officials from the Union and UT government attended the occasion.