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OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT
The mandate given to Animal husbandry department is to build the health of the nation by increasing the availability of Animal origin foods like milk, meat and eggs to human population through scientific breeding, feeding and disease management of livestock. Besides, it strives to improve the wealth of the nation by enhancing the animal productivity and their production. In addition, various livestock based poverty alleviation programmes are implemented by the Department.
- Improving the production potential by way of breed up gradation in cattle and buffaloes through Artificial insemination.
- Providing preventive and curative health care to livestock through constant vigil on disease outbreaks, rendering preventive vaccinations, deworming and treatment of ailing animals.
- Augmenting fodder production to meet the nutritional requirements of livestock.
- Providing relief measures to livestock during natural calamities.
- Building awareness among farmers on profitable livestock production.
- Coordinating with health department in controlling diseases of zoonotic importance.
- Providing technical support to livestock based poverty alleviation programme.
- Updating the skills of technical as well as Para veterinary staff at regular intervals in the areas of scientific breeding, feeding and management of livestock.
DEPARTMENTAL ACTIVITIES – SCHEMESThe Sheep will be invariably grounded from Other States like Karnataka, Tamilnadu or Odisha in order to add more sheep to our existing population.
Sheep & Goat Deworming Programme:The Veterinary & Animal Husbandry department is conducting Mass Free Sheep & Goat Deworming programme, thrice a year for the benefit of shepherds to control parasitic infestations among the flocks.
Foot & Mouth Disease Vaccination Programme:Conducting Mass FMD Vaccination programme twice a year for control of Foot & Mouth Disease in large animals.
Disease Control measures in Large animals, Small Animals and Poultry:All the preventive measures have been adopted to control the outbreaks of livestock diseases in the district.
Prophylactic vaccinations in endemic areas for Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (H.S), Black Quarter diseases (B.Q).
Continuous efforts are being made to control the sheep diseases and to sensitize the shepherds as well as departmental staff on sheep diseases.
The Mass Poultry Vaccination Programme is being conducted to save the village poultry against Ranikhet Disease.
Cattle Breed Improvement by Artificial Insemination through Veterinary Institutions:(108) Veterinary Institutions are providing A.I. Services in the district.
Cattle Breed Improvement by Artificial Insemination through Gopalamitras:Apart from that, Goplalamitra centres are providing door step A.I. Services to the farmers.
Supply of Fodder Seed on subsidy basis to encourage individual Fodder Cultivation:Fodder scarcity is the major constraint in the district, as the agricultural crop residues are megre, due to low rainfall and ground water level. Farmers are sensitized to grow individual green fodder, either annuals or perennials to feed their livestock. The fodder seed is provided to the farmers on subsidy basis to create a green fodder resource base in the district.
Supply of Power Operated Chaff Cutters on 50% subsidy basis:The agricultural by-products like jowar are the feeding resources for the livestock. The fodder wastage will be more, if we feed those fodder varieties without chaffing. The chaffing will minimize the fodder wastage up to 30%. In order to save available fodder, Chaff cutters are being supplied to the farmers on 50% subsidy basis.
Strengthening of Veterinary Institutions under RIDF:The Government is providing funds under RIDF for strengthening of Veterinary Institutions. Under this programme, construction of Veterinary Institutions will be taken up by Engineering Department & the required equipment will be purchased from Animal Husbandry Department.