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60,000 dairy animals to be insured

Published: 03rd August 2013 11:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd August 2013 11:17 AM   |  A+A-

The State Government has decided to extend the livestock insurance scheme to all 30 districts under the State Plan, targeting coverage of at least 60,000 dairy animals by the end of this fiscal.

A Centrally sponsored livestock insurance scheme is currently implemented in nine districts achieving a coverage of 45,036 animals in 2012-13 and targeting additional 30,000 in the present fiscal.

A review meeting on activities of Animal Resources Development sector chaired by Secretary Sanjeev Kumar Mishra on Thursday decided to drive promotion of dairy entrepreneurship (PDE) scheme for establishment of two cattle and four cattle units and Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) for six, eight and 10 cattle dairy units aggressively across the State. As many as 3,892 units are targeted to be set up under PDE scheme while 10,500 units with around 42,000 animals are to be established under DEDS this year.

The meeting also decided to launch 53 mobile veterinary units (MVUs) on August 15. There are around 105 MVUs at present with all the 315 blocks aimed to be covered by the end of this year.

The Secretary emphasised on increasing productivity of milk, eggs and meat along with fishery by effective implementation of different schemes and programmes.

Milk productivity in the State is around 1,780 thousand tonne per year while 46 lakh eggs are produced per day. Poultry meat production is 65,000 tonne and meat 76,000 tonne per year. Fish production including marine, inland and brackish water is around 3.81 lakh tonne per year.

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