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Govt committed to welfare and uplift of livestock farmers: Dhami


CM announces increase in milk procurement rates by Re 1 per litre

By Our Staff Reporter

Dehradun, 12 Mar: Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami, while participating in a programme organised at the Survey of India Stadium, Hathibarkala, today, distributed cheques to beneficiaries of the State Livestock Mission Scheme. He also launched Aanchal Honey and Aanchal Inami Yojana under the Aanchal brand. On this occasion, the CM also announced the establishment of a Badri Cow (native Himalayan cow breed) Training Centre in Bharadisain and increase of milk procurement rates from milk producers by Re 1 per litre.

Addressing the gathering on this occasion, the Chief Minister said that farmers and cattle-rearers are the foundation of the development of the country and the state. The state government is working with commitment for the welfare and uplift of cattle-rearers. The State Livestock Mission Scheme has been started with the objective of increasing the income of farmers and livestock farmers and creating self-employment opportunities. He said that under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the state government is working on the principle of Antyodaya and is determined to reach out to the last person and ensure their uplift and empowerment.

The Chief Minister said that the state government has set a target of providing loans for setting up about 4,500 units of milch animals, mules, sheep-goats, pigs and poultry over the next two years. This scheme has proven to be a milestone in securing family nutrition and livelihood in remote hill areas and also in preventing migration. The government has started many unprecedented schemes to ensure prosperity of small-scale animal husbandry farmers. The Chief Minister said that Goat Valley Scheme is being operated for the first time in the state, through which more than 17 thousand goats have been distributed to about 1,500 beneficiaries along with NCDC loan. By establishing Poultry Valley and Broiler Farm, the poultry farmers of the state are being encouraged towards poultry farming business. So far, over 4000 poultry farmers in 10 districts have been benefited.

The Chief Minister said that the Union Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is also continuously working towards making the farmers and livestock farmers economically prosperous. For the first time in the country, “National Digital Livestock Mission Scheme” has been started from Uttarakhand. At present, 95 percent of the livestock of the state have been registered through Bharat Pashudhan App by providing UID number. With the help of the Central Government, facilities like veterinary medicine, vaccination, disease testing, etc., are being provided at the doorstep of the cattle owners through 60 mobile veterinary units. Till now, treatment of more than 1.25 lakh animals has been done through the mobile veterinary unit and along with 60 veterinarians, employment has also been provided to 120 other people. The Chief Minister said that the state government will ensure veterinary and animal breeding services in all 95 development blocks of the state by setting up 35 more mobile veterinary units this year. Under the “Rashtriya Gokul Mission” scheme run by the Central Government, a Centre of Excellence for Embryo Transplantation has been established for the first time in Dehradun for indigenous bovine species.

Agriculture Minister Ganesh Joshi, while highlighting the importance of animal husbandry, said that agriculture cannot be imagined without animal husbandry and the basis of organic farming is also animal husbandry. Referring to the achievements of the government, he said that under the guidance of the Chief Minister, more than five thousand appointments have been made in various departments. Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Saurabh Bahuguna said that whatever policies presented to the Chief Minister related to the Animal Husbandry Department, he had happily approved them. As a result, eight new policies were made. He said that they had established Live Stock Mission for the first time in the state, under which 1,800 applications were received, and an amount of Rs 4.08 crores has been sanctioned for 185 applications and all effort is being made to ensure that all the applicants benefit from this scheme.

On this occasion, Gau Seva Commission Chairman Rajendra Anthwal, Chairman, Gramin Bank, Harihar Patnaik, Director, Animal Husbandry, Neeraj Singhal, Additional Director PS Bhandari, Neeraj Bora, and beneficiaries were present.