‘Set aside 25 p.c. funds under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana’

In a move to increase income of households depending on livestock as their main source of livelihood, the Centre has asked Karnataka and other States to allocate at least 25 per cent of funds available under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for livestock and fisheries sector in the 12th Plan period.

In 2012-13, Karnataka allocated about 14 per cent of the RKVY funds for the development of livestock while the other States allocated around 18 per cent of the funds for the same purpose. Under the RKVY, Karnataka received Rs. 595.90 crore in 2011-12 and Rs. 586.52 crore in 2012-13 for various schemes.

The State allocated Rs. 66 crore for five livestock projects and Rs. 15 crore for fisheries sector in 2012-13 under the RKVY.

According to officials, projects in the animal husbandry sector included strengthening of animal breeding and animal health services (Rs. 10.16 crore), fodder development (Rs. 18.06 crore), integrated poultry development (Rs. 11.25 crore), dairy and dairy infrastructure development in north Karnataka districts (Rs. 12.69 crore), and infrastructure development in Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries University, Bidar (Rs. 8.84 crore).

The Union Ministry for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries asked Karnataka and other States to increase allocation for the livestock sector as well because it will help farmers earn their livelihood even during a natural calamity such as drought, officials in the State Agriculture Department said.

To enhance milk production, the Centre has suggested to the Animal Husbandry Department to introduce high yielding as well as hardy breeds, expand artificial insemination of milch animals, and take steps to prevent and control animal diseases. The Centre asked the States to ensure that sufficient quantities of fodder and feed for livestock was available.

According to the government, animal husbandry contributes 26 per cent of the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of agriculture and allied activities in Karnataka. The share of Karnataka in all-India livestock and poultry population was 5.83 per cent and 6.48 per cent, respectively.

The country at present produces 128 million tonnes of milk a year and the Centre has set a target to increase the annual milk production to 180 million tonnes by 2021-22. To achieve the target, the Centre has asked the government to increase milch animal productivity by scientific breeding and nutrition programme and effective control of animal diseases.

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