Chief Minister K. Rosaiah said here on Wednesday that a subsidy of Rs.15,000 would be provided to mini dairies as part of efforts to step up milk production in the State.
Addressing a convention of ‘Gopalamithras' after inaugurating a vaccine production facility of the Veterinary Biological Research Institute (VBRI), he said AP was currently in the second position in milk production and there was a need for collective effort to make it attain the first spot. Currently AP topped in egg production ( 104 lakh MTs) and in meat output ( 6.80 lakh MTs) and contributed nearly 16 per cent of the meat production in the country.
Emphasising the important role played by livestock in improving the rural economy, he said the State budget for Animal Husbandry sector went up from Rs.200 crore to Rs.400 crore in the last six years. As part of livestock development measures, the Government had initiated special schemes like pasu kranthi, sheep and cattle insurance, mass sheep and goat de-worming and foot and mouth disease control programme.
Minister for Animal Husbandry K. Partha Saradhi said steps were on to enhance the milk productivity of buffaloes in the State through artificial insemination. He said the Government had recently enhanced the honorarium of Gopalamithras from Rs.1200 to Rs.2,000.
Director of Animal Husbandry M.V. Reddy, said that currently there were 3177 Gopalamithras and their number would be enhanced to 4,500 in a week.