Context: The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) decided recently that the central government will spend ₹9,800 crores on livestock development over the next five years.
More in the news:
- CCEA would do this by merging a slew of schemes into three main programmes:
- Focused on indigenous cows and dairy development,
- Livestock health, and
- Infrastructure development.
- The CCEA approved the implementation of the special livestock sector package by revising and realigning the various components of the existing schemes.
- This is done in order to boost growth and make animal husbandry more remunerative for the 10 crore farmers engaged in it.
- All schemes of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying will be merged into three broad categories.
National livestock mission:
- It started operating in 2014.
- It is a centrally-sponsored scheme and is run as a sub-scheme under ‘White Revolution.’
- The mission ensures quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production systems, especially in Sheep, Goat, Pig, Poultry, Feed and Fodder sectors.
- Sustainable development of livestock,
- Focusing on improving the availability of quality feed and fodder,
- Risk coverage,
- Effective extension, improved flow of credit and
- The organisation of livestock farmers/readers, etc.
- The sub-mission:
- Sub-mission on livestock development,
- Sub-mission on pig development in the north-eastern region,
- Sub-mission on fodder and feed development and
- Sub-mission on skill development, technology transfer and extension.