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.

Related Facts

National livestock mission:

  • About:
    • 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.
  • Objective:
    • 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.