Animal Husbandry department Joint Secretary Sanjay Boosreddy on Saturday informed that the forthcoming 12th plan, scheduled to commence from April this year, will receive a big boost for dairy and poultry development. He held a review meeting with the personnel from the Animal Husbandry department and the District Development Managers of the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural development from East and West Godavari and Krishna districts here as part of receiving inputs from his department side for formulation of the plan. In this connection, he took stock of the status of different schemes under implementation under the dairy development programme in the three districts.

The plan seeks to provide adequate financial support for development of fodder banks and training for farmers in cattle, poultry, sheep and pig rearing, he said. The government intended to extend a financial assistance of Rs 50,000-Rs 1 lakh for each farmer who received training in dairy development with a bank tie up without any collateral security, Mr. Reddy added. He said the complaints of violation of the government guidelines by bankers who insisted on collateral security would be dealt with sternly by the banking Ombudsman.