As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, Secretary, Atul Chaturvedi, Department of Animal husbandry and Dairying and N.N. Sinha, Secretary, Department of Rural Development signed an MoU between DAHD and MoRD(Ministry of Rural Development) for Leveraging SHG platform for rural economic growth through the convergence of the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), MoFAHD, and National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM), MoRD in the presence of Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Parshottam Rupala, and Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Giriraj Singh.
The government recently approved the implementation of a Special Livestock Sector Package, which consists of several activities that include revising and realigning various components of existing schemes in order to have focused development of animal husbandry and dairying across the country for the next five years, beginning in 2021-22.
The Department of Rural Development is working on a similar platform for rural upliftment through a variety of programmes that include more women in livelihood activities, particularly in the livestock industry.
Common objective of helping the farmers:
DAHD and the DoRD will now coordinate and synergize their activities in the framework of a single goal of assisting farmers and doubling their income through the livestock sector.
According to the MoU, a decision to utilize SHG members as livestock resource persons and main service providers under a new accredited model known as “A-HELP” (Accredited Agent for Health and Extension of Livestock Production) has been taken. This model will be deployed across the nation by utilizing the existing livestock under DAY-NRLM and giving further training and accreditation as A-HELP workers.
About Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana:
The Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) has been helping the farmers as backward linkages support is offered through a cadre of pashusakhis who are trained through structured modules as part of a training and capacity development architecture and are delivering services at the doorstep of farmers. More than 40,000 Pashusakhis are part of the initiative. This convergence will assist to expand the reach of DAHD schemes through these community cadres, as well as provide additional income for the cadres.
Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Giriraj Singh, congratulated both Departments on the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and wished for effective joint synergistic work by both Departments toward the common goal of enhancing rural prosperity and making the most efficient use of existing resources.
About e-Gopala app:
Last year, the e-Gopala app was launched by PM Narendra Modi which is an online digital platform to assist farmers in selecting higher-quality livestock and gain independence from intermediaries. This app will provide all information pertaining to cattle care, including production, health, and nutrition.
Action Plan to Promote Dairy Industry:
As a part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat package stimulus, Animal Husbandry and Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF)was launched last year with an outlay of Rs. 15,000 Cr and Dairy Processing Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) with an outlay of Rs. 11,184 Cr in 2017.
In 2020, Rs 8,000 crore has been set aside in the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan for assisting milk processing and product plants under the AHIDF, with the goal of increasing milk processing infrastructure, providing greater access to unorganized rural milk producers, making protein-enriched milk products available, and also help entrepreneurs in exports.
Dairy Cooperatives, Multi-State Dairy Cooperatives, Milk Producer Companies (MPC), National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) subsidiaries, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs) and Self Help Groups (SHGs), established under the Cooperative and Companies Act are all eligible beneficiaries of the plan. The plan provides qualified beneficiaries with a loan (Rs. 8,004 Cr) from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), and the National Cooperative Development Corporation (NCDC).The government offers a 2.5% interest subsidy. The maximum payback duration is ten years, with a two-year moratorium period.