MoFPI inked MoU with Department of Animal husbandry & Dairying to improve livestock sector

Ministry of Food Processing Industry (MoFPI) inked MoU with Department of Animal husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) on November 17, 2021.

Key Points

  • The MoU was signed in order to facilitate extension of benefits to dairy entrepreneurs and dairy industries by convergence of several schemes by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying.
  • It will also help in generating income for sustainable development of rural poor by providing credit support, providing necessary technology and by strengthening quality control.
  • Such synergized efforts will help farmers in doubling their income by means of livestock sector.

Animal husbandry

It refers to selective breeding and livestock raising. It is the management and care of animals in which genetic qualities and behaviour of animals are developed to earn profit. Animal husbandry sector supports the livelihood of around 55% of the rural population in India.  According to Economic Survey-2021, contribution of Livestock in agriculture & allied sector Gross Value Added (at Constant Prices) increased from 24.32% in 2014-15 to 28.63% in 2018-19. India is the highest livestock owner worldwide.

20th Livestock Census

According to 20th Livestock Census, Livestock population is 535.78 million in India, accounting for an increase of 4.6% over Livestock Census-2012.

Significance of the Animal Husbandry

  • This sector has contributed significantly towards empowerment of women by increasing their income and role in society.
  • It works as a major risk mitigation approach for small and marginal farmers, specifically across the rain-fed regions in India.
  • This sector is considered as the “centre of poverty alleviation programs” with respect to equity and livelihood.

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