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State Live Stock Mission suggests a Budget of 46 Cr for 2015-16

State Live Stock Mission suggests a Budget of 46 Cr for 2015-16Bhubaneswar, May 18: State live stock Mission has proposed a budget of 46.32 cr for the financial year 2015-16. This has been discussed in State Level executive Committee meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sri Gokul Chandra Pati in secretariat conference hall today, wherein Secretary Fisheries & Animal Resource Development Sri Bishnupada Sethi presented the updates and outlined issues for discussion.   Reviewing the progress in activities of the Mission, Chief Secretary has directed to focus on vaccination of the domestic and farm animals, fodder development, seed multiplication, and capacity building of the farmers. Sri Pati has said that vaccination will insure the animals against disease and hence will contribute towards growth of animal resources. Chief Secretary has also advised the department of fisheries & animal resource development to work out area specific micronutrient feed applicable for different regions of Odisha and launch an intensive campaign to popularize it among the farmers. Department has been directed to devise the techniques for preparing good quality feed from agricultural residues like straw, organic left out of the mug ( green gram) and biri ( black gram) plants etc. in cooperation with OUAT and National Diary Development Board. It has been decided to train the farmers about these techniques.

Available data shows, State Live Stock Mission has been constituted to achieve sustainable growth and development of livestock and poultry in the State. For the purpose a special cell has been set up in the Directorate of animal husbandry & veterinary services. The State Executive Committee has been constituted under chairmanship of the Chief Secretary. The district livestock mission committees have also been formed at district level to carry forward the objectives of the mission. A technical support group has been formed with 3 theme experts. A state level Entrepreneur Development and Employment generation ( EDEG) has started functioning with representatives from departments of agriculture, Panchayati raj, NABARD, State level Bankers Coordination Committee, State Cooperative Bank, APICOL and NGOs. The activities of the Mission are being carried forward through 3 sub-missions like live stock sub-mission, fodder &feed sub-mission and Skill Development and Technology Transfer sub-mission.

In the meanwhile, The Mission has taken up the activities like enhancement of productivity, modernization & development of breeding infrastructure, insurance coverage of domestic animals, fodder seed production and IEC support for livestock extension etc with available fund of around Rs 6 cr. Chief Secretary directed the department to submit 100% utilization certificate by July end. A budget of Rs. around 46.32 cr has been proposed for the year 2015-16 which involves central share of 40.76 cr and state share of 5.55 cr

Chief Secretary has advised the department to work out action plans for convergence of mission activities with the similar activities of other institutions, organizations and schemes so as to have sustainability of the interventions and avoid duplication of resources. It has been planned to have convergence with MGNREGA, Odisha Community Tank Management Programme ( OCTMP), Odisha Tribal Empowerment & Livelihood Project ( OTELP) Society for Management of Information Learning & Extension ( SMILE) etc. the Mission will also provide advisory to local NGOs, goshalas and activists working in the field of livestock development and conservation.

Development Commissioner Sri Upendra Nath Behera along with senior officers and subject experts participated in the deliberations.

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