The government of Andhra Pradesh is planning to introduce mobile veterinary services where veterinary doctors travel to treat animals in villages.
This was decided in a review meeting on Animal Husbandary, Livestock and Fisheries held here at Secretariat today. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu suggested the officials to take up another innovative idea of entrusting the job of collecting data on livestock by training DWCRA women.
“This will not only help us obtain data on the number of livestock but also help us assess the milk production from each animal. This way, we can know the exact production and also grow fodder based on the production,” the Chief Minister suggested, adding that this will help the government encourage local fodder growers and dairy farmers.
Meanwhile, the government is also going to go ahead with the Fodder Policy 2015-20 for Rs. 250 crore.
During the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed that the state currently stands at 6th position in the country. “This needs to improve and we need to work on increasing the production,” he added. “You could also appoint an expert group that will analyse everything from fodder needed to milk produced and do the cost-benefit analysis.”
He also suggested officials to set up a control room and a call centre to monitor the health of livestock and also obtain feedback from dairy farmers on the services provided to them.
On insurance for livestock, the Chief Minister asked the department to work out an action plan on whether compensation is better in case of death of an animal or whether providing insurance might be a better idea.
Later, the Chief Minister also suggested that the Fisheries Department should study the feasibility of setting up either a Fisheries Development Board or Fisheries Development Council or Group which will solely focus on increase the growth rate of the sector to 35% in this year from the current 12.5%. “With changing lifestyle habits, the consumption of meat and sea food is surging. This means we need to focus on improving the production in this sector,” the Chief Minister said.
Minister Prathipati Pulla Rao, heads of animal husbandry, livestock and fisheries department, Dairy Development Board were present.
Source – AP CMO