INDIA - In order to increase livestock and fishery production in the country while providing livelihood opportunities to farmers, India has earmarked over 1000 crore (10 billion) rupees to fund different projects under various programmes run by the union government, writes Basudev Mahapatra.
So far, proposals worth INR 436.52 crore (4.4 billion) under the blue revolution programme, envisioned for the growth of fisheries production and aquaculture, have been approved.
Central government has released 129.82 crore (1.3 billion) rupees to nine states for implementation of various poultry and livestock development programmes, and an amount of 164.88 crore (1.6 billion) rupees has been released for vaccination under the Livestock Health and Disease Control programme.
The government has released 17.31 crore (173 million) rupees to support programmes under the National Programme for Bovine Breeding and the Cattle Mission. For approved projects under the National Programme for Dairy Development, centre has released 239.95 crore (2.4 billion) rupees to 17 States.
Under the dairy projects, facilities for processing of 278.6 thousand litres per day (TLPD) and chilling of 93.5 TPLD of milk will be created and 977 Dairy Cooperative Societies formed, said a release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture.
The programmes are intended to double farmers’ incomes.ThePoultrySite News Desk