NIRJULI, AUG 25 : The department of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dairy Development on Wednesday celebrated “ Azadi ka amrit mahotsav” @ 75 years of India Independence in befitting manner with several programmes at fodder land central cattle breeding farm ground.
Officers from Agriculture, Horticulture, Soil conservation and other departments took part and interacted with the farmers and addressed the gathering. The dignitaries highlighted several opportunities and challenges including economic upliftment of livestock farmers who have been engaged in animal rearing and related activities. The officers also elaborated several dos and don’ts and detail of activities undertaken by various departments in livestock maintenance, animal rearing, milk production, crop harvesting related to animal fodder and its activities and economic activities.
addressing the gathering, AH, Vety & DD Director Dr. N D Minto said that the deptt has been focusing several ongoing activities, including rashtriya Kristi vikas yojna-raftar 2007-08 to 2021-22 (RKVY). Several achievements and several schemes undertaken by the department and sponsored by state and central governments from time to time for improvement of livestock farming in the state and will continue to do so in the greater interest of the farmer community. He said.
In the last year the Mithun breeding record has been increased and is good news and it should continue but we should take care of our cattle so that these cattle give us lots of support during several occasions including meat, milk and otherwise also the animals support us in many ways. He said.
We propose several schemes for protection and conservation of mithun and other cattle. A scheme has been earmarked by the central government and officers from the centre are visiting the state and hope that the scheme gets green signal so that it is approved and sanctioned and once it is sanctioned and approved we may be able to support several mithun farmers on community basis for the conservation and protection. He added.
Further, Dr, Minto informs that this year the FMD disease has spread in many parts of the state and we have also. We are recommending the cases to the disaster management department for granting compensation to the livestock farmers. However we have a team of doctors and they are monitoring the situation and as of now it is fully under control.
RKVY Nodal officer & Joint Director Dr Tachi Taku spoke on fund position and activities with regards to distribution beneficiaries schemes to farmers and farm equipment procured under RKVY under very and DD deptt since last 14 years.
Techi Taura, Research officer, Agril deptt brief on the RKVY and other CSS in state. He also briefed the support being provided by the agriculture department to various departments for the improvement of the farmers community.
Dr. Taba Heli speaks on local fodder tree cultivation, intercropping with potential grasses. If we concentrate on feeds and fodder we may minimize the cost of production and increase the production of milk. At the same time it increases the greenery and helps in containing global warming. Dr Heli said.
Veterinary Training Institute, Pasighat, Dr. M Nyodu informs that as of now there are 82 cattle and we have been utilizing locally grass fodder which are being cultivated by the deptt. We are also making awareness among the farmers community.
Several plants were distributed to active livestock farmers of Kimin and Doimukh circle with guidance and advice as to how to increase the milk form cattle and increase the production.
The team also visited the few nurseries developed by the department in the area and learned about various species or fodder being planted and cultivated by the farmer community through power point presentations given away by the scientist of the department.