Source: This post is based on the article “Key Initiatives and Achievements of Department of Animal husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) for the Year 2021” published in PIB on 11th January 2022.
What is the news?
The Department of Animal husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying has taken several initiatives in the year 2021.
Key initiatives launched by the Department
Rashtriya Gokul Mission: New Components under Rashtriya Gokul Mission:
– Accelerated Breed Improvement programme: Under the component, IVF technology and artificial insemination with sex sorted semen is being leveraged to produce female calves for the dairy farmers.
– Establishment of Breed Multiplication Farms: It aims to make available High Genetic Merit heifers or milch animals of cattle and buffaloes breeds to farmers.
– Gopal Ratna Award 2021: It was launched by the Department in 2021 and is one of the highest National Awards in the field of livestock and dairy sector. Objective of the award is to encourage all individual farmers, artificial insemination technicians and Dairy cooperative societies working in this sector.
Dairy Mark: It is a unified logo featuring the earlier respective logos BIS-ISI mark & NDDB-Quality Mark and Kamadhenu Cow, for ‘Product–Food Safety Management System–Process’ certification under one umbrella.
National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD): It is a Central Sector Scheme launched in 2014.It aims to enhance quality of milk and milk products and increase share of organized milk procurement. It has two components:
– Component ‘A’: It focuses towards creating/strengthening of infrastructure for quality milk testing equipment as well as primary chilling facilities.
– Component ‘B’ (Dairying Through Cooperatives): It provides financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as per project agreement already signed with them. The central Government share in this project is proposed to be funded through NPDD.
Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) Scheme:- It was launched in 2017.It aims to modernize the milk processing & chilling plants including value addition. The several components of DIDF are: Milk processing, Chilling and Value added Products plants, ICT infrastructure among others.
Livestock Health & Disease Control (LH&DC) Scheme: It was launched with the aim of reducing risk to animal health by prophylactic vaccination against diseases of animals, capacity building of Veterinary services, disease surveillance and strengthening veterinary infrastructure.
Livestock Census & Integrated Sample Survey Scheme: It aims to provide information on livestock population, species-wise and breed-wise along with age, sex-composition etc. up to household level in rural and urban areas. As per 20th Livestock Census report, the total Livestock Population and total poultry in the country is 536.76 million and 851.81 respectively, showing an increase of 4.8% and 16.8% respectively over Livestock Census-2012.