“The government is actively working to provide Kisan credit cards to herders,” Parshottam Rupala
The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry organized the AHIDF conclave in collaboration with the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and industry associations on July 14.
Union Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Parshottam Rupala kicked off the Livestock Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF) projects and commended the entrepreneurs during the AHIDF Conclave which was held on July 14, 2022.
The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairy Industry organized the conclave in collaboration with the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and industry associations etc. It aimed to ensure participants had the best possible knowledge related to the AHIDF program and to facilitate the various stakeholders.
Other eminent personalities who attended the event included Sivasubramanian Rammann, CMD SIDBI, Dr. GR Chintala, Chairman, NABARD, and Dr. Praveen Malik, Livestock Commissioner.
In his address, Union Minister Parshottam Rupala highlighted the importance of the dairy and fisheries sector and commended the entrepreneurs for their contribution to the development of the sector and for creating jobs for farmers and people in the rural areas.
He said there was a need to focus on livestock health, including sustainable feed systems for livestock. Rupala mentioned that the government is doing its best to double farmers’ incomes and is actively working to provide Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) to herders.
Rupala launched the online credit guarantee portal and virtually inaugurated 4 large factories set up with the support of the AHIDF program. He commended the entrepreneurs/lenders and the networking between all stakeholders and future entrepreneurs. The day-long conclave featured various sessions followed by a discussion by a group of highly esteemed panelists.
Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, MoS, FAHD, who also attended the event, commended the entrepreneurs and urged them to find new ways to reduce livestock feed costs.
DAHD Secretary Atul Chaturvedi stressed the need to focus beyond reducing poverty and increasing farmers’ incomes towards creating wealth in rural areas. He said the AHIDF program is a major step in that direction.
The conclave saw the participation of over 600 entrepreneurs/stakeholders, lenders/SLBCs, government officials (state and central government), common service centers, industry associations/farmer associations and government organizations.
First published: July 15, 2022, 10:36 IST
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