Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala on Monday, September 6, launched the portal for National Livestock Mission (NLM). With the portal, the Government aims to increase the effectiveness and ensure transparency in the implementation of the scheme.
National Livestock Mission Portal
The NLM portal is developed by the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) in collaboration with the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying. The online portal aims to enable a customized workflow between State Implementing Agency (SIA), lenders, and Ministry as required under the National Livestock Mission.
The portal was launched during the national level meeting with all State Animal Husbandry/Veterinary Ministers convened by Union Minister Parshottam Rupala.
National Livestock Mission
The National Livestock Mission, an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, was introduced in 2014-15, with the objective of sustainable development of the livestock sector. The livestock sector in the country has been growing at a compound annual growth rate of 8.15% from 2014-15 to 2019-20.
Special livestock package
During the meeting, the Union Minister also highlighted the special livestock sector package to all State Ministers which was announced by the Government in July 2021 for the next 5 years with an outlay of Rs. 9,800 crore leveraging a total investment of Rs. 54,618 crore.
The special livestock sector package consists of several activities by revising and realigning various components of the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying schemes. All the schemes of the Department have been merged into three broad categories- development programmes, disease control programme, and infrastructure development funds.
Creating rural entrepreneurship
The National Livestock Mission will help in creating rural entrepreneurship by engaging farmers in the sector. The scheme would also provide livelihood opportunities to the unemployed youth and livestock farmers in the cattle, dairy, poultry, sheep, goat, piggery, feed, and fodder sectors.
Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM) part of the development programme focuses on the development and conservation of indigenous breeds of cattle. Moreover, it also contributes to improving the economic condition of the rural farmers (small and marginal farmers and landless laborers) who mostly breed indigenous cattle breeds.
The implementation of the RGM to also enhance milk production and productivity of bovines, thereby making dairying more remunerative to poor farmers of the country
Rural poultry entrepreneurship will directly provide employment to 1.5 lakh farmers and benefit 2 lakh farmers from sheep goats and poultry development. About 7.25 lakh high-yielding animals are covered under risk management benefiting 3.5 lakh farmers, thus creating fodder entrepreneurs.