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New Delhi: Dr Sanjeev Balyan, Minister of State of the Union of Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Production unveiled the master plan for the National Digital Livestock Mission to NDDB, today in Anand. Meenesh Shah, Chairman, NDDB, Varsha Joshi, Additional Secretary (C&DD), DAHD, Government of India, Upamanyu Basu, Joint Secretary (LH), DAHD, Government of India, Dr Sindura Ganapathi, Visiting Fellow PSA, Office of the Principal Scientist government of India, Dr RS Sodhi, MD, GCMMF, general managers of various dairy unions in Gujarat, senior officials of NDDB and its subsidiaries, senior officials of TCS and Ernest & Young were present. A few senior officials also joined the event virtually.
Dr Balyan said the livestock sector has a unique combination of being the backbone of rural livelihoods. Growth would have been much better had there been concerted efforts to harmonize programs across the country to create an ecosystem conducive to the growth of the sector. This has been the main idea behind the deployment of NDLM, keeping the well-being of the farmer at the heart.
The livestock sector is set to take a leap forward after the implementation of NDLM, a digital platform jointly developed by DAHD and NDDB based on the existing information network for productivity and animal health (INAPH). The aim is to create a farmer-centric, technology-based ecosystem, where farmers are able to earn better income from livestock activities with the right information.
Dr Balyan said NDDB motivates and engages dairy farmers in multiple sources of income through various alternative activities targeted at diversifying their livelihoods and economic well-being.
Ms. Varsha Joshi explained the importance and benefits of the developed software and urged all stakeholders to work for the successful implementation of the software.
The NDDB Chairman said that the foundation of NDLM will be the unique identification of all livestock, which will be the foundation for all state and national level programs, including domestic and international trade. Farmers will be able to effortlessly access markets, regardless of location or farms, thanks to this digital platform, as a wide range of actors will be connected in this ecosystem. This system will also include robust animal breeding systems, nutrition, disease surveillance, disease control programs and a traceability mechanism for animals and animal products.
Dr Balyan also visited the NDDB manure management initiative in Anand village in Zakariyapura. While interacting with the farmers in Zakariyapura village, he appreciated them for accepting the new technology of biogas plants. The organic manure produced is mainly used by farmers in their own fields and the excess organic manure is sold to other farmers or converted into organic fertilizer. He observed the slurry treatment plant in Vasna, Borsad. NDDB’s Sudhan brand also helps them create a brand identity that guarantees product quality. Additionally, all female biogas users reported a reduction in the drudgery of bringing and burning firewood, and associated health risks.
Genetic improvement and increased productivity of the Indian cattle population remained the main objective when the Honorable Union Minister visited the modern facility for egg collection and in vitro embryo production ( OPU-IVEP) from NDDB.