1. Animal Husbandry

Over 11 Lakh AI done under Nationwide Artificial Insemination Programme for Breed Improvement in 2019

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

The Government launched a new scheme National Animal Disease Control Programme for FMD and Brucellosis with a financial outlay of Rs. 13,343.00 crore for five years i.e. 2019-20 to 2023-24 by vaccinating 100% cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat & pig population for FMD and 100% bovine female calves of 4-8 months of age for brucellosis to prevent loss of Rs. 50,000 crore to the Government exchequer and also to increase the economic output of farmers. The mission mode approach for annihilation of these diseases is the biggest step any country has ever taken either for human or animal vaccination programme to control any disease. This programme combined with providing unique Pashu Aadhaar to 535 million animals.

Nationwide Artificial Insemination Programme (NAIP)-Nationwide Artificial Insemination Programme for 20,000 bovine / district for 600 districts in the country was recently launched by government in September, 2019 which is one of the largest such programmes with 100% central assistance for undertaking breed improvement. In future, this will be expanded across all the breedable bovine population of 600 districts so that India achieves 70 percent  AI coverage. Under NAIP, more than 11 lakhs AI has been done as on 31.12.2019.

Quality Milk Programme-DAHD launched Quality Milk Programme on 24.07.2019 with the objectives to achieve Global(Codex)standards for domestic consumption of milk and ensuring traceability & increasing share of milk and milk products in world exports.

In the first phase of the programme during 2019-20, approval has been granted for strengthening of 231 dairy plants under “National Programme for Dairy Development” scheme to equip them to detect adulterants in milk (Urea, maltodextrin, ammonium sulphate, detergent, sugar, neutralizers etc.). FTIR technology based Milk Analyzer (for accurate detection and estimation of milk composition and adulterants) to 139 dairy plants of 30,000 litre capacities and above and 92 Dairy Plants below 30,000 litres capacity with Electronic Milk Analyzer with adulteration testing equipment. In addition one each of State Central laboratory for 18 States has been approved. The total cost of the project was Rs.271.64 crore. Out of this, an amount of Rs.128.56 crore has been released to States as first instalment during 2019-20. Once implemented in June 2020, all the cooperative dairy plants of the country will be able to supply Quality Milk tested on all microbiological, chemical and physical parameters to their consumers.

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