The Ministry of Livestock and Dairy Production and the Ministry of Rural Development sign a memorandum of understanding for the strengthening of the two sectors
Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Livestock and Dairy Production and NN Sinha, Secretary, Rural Development Department signed MoU to leverage SHG platform for rural economic growth in Krishi Bhawan in the presence of Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy and Giriraj singh, Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj.
Dr L. Murugan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Production, Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Rural Development and Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister of State for Rural Development were also present.
Giriraj singh, the Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj congratulated the two departments for the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and wish an effective joint synergistic work of the two departments towards the common objective of improving the rural prosperity and the most efficient use of existing resources.
Objectives of the Association:
Union Minister for Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Products, Parshottam Rupala stressed that the efforts of articulation and synergy of the DAHD and the DRD especially in the context of the common objective of helping farmers and doubling their incomes through the livestock sector is the need of moment.
In accordance with the MoU, it also decided to use the services of members of self-help groups as livestock resource persons and primary service provider through a new accredited model named “A-HELP” (Accredited Agent for Health and Extension of Animal Production). This model will be implemented across the country using the existing framework developed under DAY-NRLM for livestock (Pashusakhis) by providing further training and accreditation as an A-HELP worker.
Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) supported the agricultural livelihood sector through backward and forward linkages.
As part of backlinks, support is provided through a pashusakhis framework who are trained through structured modules within the framework of the training and capacity building architecture and provide services taking the Mahila Kisans in Pashu Pathsalas and services at the doorstep of farmers. The mission has more than 40,000 Pashusakhis in its lap.
This convergence will help increase the reach of DAHD programs through these community frameworks and will also help generate additional income for the frameworks, thus helping to improve their sustainability.
Various government initiatives in the livestock and dairy sector:
The Department of Livestock and Dairy Production offers more employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to the farming community through various interventions and flagship programs such as AHIDF (Livestock infrastructure development fund), DIDF (Dairy Infrastructure Development Fund), NADCP (National Animal Disease Control Program) for foot-and-mouth disease (foot-and-mouth disease) and brucellosis, etc.
The government approved the implementation of a special package for the livestock sector consisting of several activities by reviewing and realigning various components of existing programs in order to focus the development of livestock and dairy production through the country for the next 5 years from 2021-2022.
The Ministry of Rural Development is also working in a similar platform for rural improvement through various programs where more women are involved in livelihood activities, especially in the livestock sector.