Govt mulls action plan for bovine breeding, increasing milk production

Given the fact that the indigenous cattle are managed by poor farmers of the country, the Ministry of Agriculture has asked state governments to come up with a strategy to enhance productivity of these breeds

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New Delhi:  On the sideline of the visits to the facilities of ICAR-NDRI and NBAGR, Karnal (Haryana), the Secretary for Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr Devendra Chaudhary interacted with the scientists. Mr Chaudhary on 25th June 2016 also had interactive discussion on “National Bovine Genomic Centre for Indigenous Breeds” and National Action Plan on bovine breeding.

The Secretary stressed the scientists to work towards enhancement of productivity in indigenous breeds of cattle, as more than 80% of indigenous animals are with small & marginal farmers and landless labours yielding 3kgs of milk per day. He mentioned that in order to double farmers’ income there is a need to increase milk production to 300 MMT by 2019-20. The Secretary, DADF also visited Central Herd Registration Scheme milk recording Centre at Gannaur of Sonipat District and emphasized the need for field performance recording and to evolve sustainable method for milk recording.

Mr Devendra Chaudhary also discussed the National Action Plan for bovine breeding with the all States at length from 20 to 23 and 27th June 2016 in New Delhi. He also emphasized the State officials to enhance milk production and productivity of dairy animals in order to double farmers’ income. The National Action Plan (NAP) was discussed with State officials at length along with increase in population of indigenous cattle. The Secretary, DADF urged the States to frame strategy to enhance productivity of indigenous breeds as indigenous cattle are managed by poor farmers of the country.

All the States agreed to implement National Action Plan. State wise physical and financial targets for different category of dairy animals including indigenous cattle were also discussed.

The NAP envisages to enhance productivity of indigenous cattle to 5 kg/per animal/day and AI coverage from the present level of 25% to 70% by 2019-20. It was also mentioned that an amount of Rs 3700 crores will be required by States to implement this National Action Plan.