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Source: The post is based on the article “Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Year End Review 2022” published in PIB on 30th December 2022
What is the News?
The Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying have launched several initiatives and schemes in 2022.
What are the schemes and initiatives launched by the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying in 2022?
National Gopal Ratna Award: It is one of the highest National Awards in the field of livestock and dairy sector. It aims to recognize and encourage all individuals like Farmers rearing indigenous animals, AI Technicians and Dairy cooperative societies / Milk Producer Companies / Dairy farmers Producers Organizations working in this sector.
Unique achievement for the Year 2022: For the first time in the world, whole genome sequencing and genomic chip for DNA-based selection of buffaloes has been developed with funding under Rashtriya Gokul Mission. This has led to 2.5% higher genetic gain among the buffalo population in a sustainable manner.
Livestock Health & Disease Control scheme: It aims to improve the animal health sector by way of implementation of prophylactic vaccination programmes against various diseases of livestock and poultry, capacity building, disease surveillance and strengthening of veterinary infrastructure.
A-HELP’ (Accredited Agent for Health and Extension of Livestock Production): ‘A-HELP’ are community-based women activists, who assist veterinarians in local departmental work, help livestock farmers to take loans for entrepreneurship development, fill applications etc.
– It has been launched as a pilot initiative in 7 States/UTs (Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and J&K).
Fisheries Sector: India is the third-largest fish-producing country in the world accounting for 8% of global production and contributing about 1.09% to the country’s Gross Value Added (GVA) and over 6 to the agricultural GVA.
Integrated Multi-purpose Seaweed Park in Tamil Nadu: Government of India has approved the proposal for the establishment of a Multipurpose Seaweed Park in Tamil Nadu.
Development of 5 Major Fishing harbours as hub of economic activities: As per the Union Budget Announcement 2021-22, the modernisation of 4 fishing harbours namely Paradip, Chennai, Cochin, Vishakhapatnam and the development of Mallete Bunder fishing harbour has been approved.