Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Prem Singh Patel launched the country’s first A-Help training program in Bhopal on Saturday. Pashu-Sakhis from the State Rural Livelihood Mission self-help groups were trained to become A-Help workers in a program organized by the Union Department of Rural Development and Fisheries, Livestock and Dairy Farming in cooperation with the State Animal Husbandry Department with the aim of boost the rural economy.
Patel said that this is a concerted effort to empower women that will bring new dimensions to the production of milk, poultry etc. and the organic fertilizer economy in the country. He said there has been unprecedented development in the country in empowering women due to the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Farmers are now bagging 10 liters of milk from a cow that used to give a liter of milk due to livestock programs. The availability of better roads has accelerated the pace of development.
Secretary Patel and other guests also released the A-Help program logo, a book of inspiring success stories from progressive cattle breeders and a book on the Animal Husbandry Department’s entrepreneurial programs. Certificates were also distributed to the farmers who benefited from the Kisan loan program.
Fisheries and livestock union secretary Atul Chaturvedi said that so far in the country’s history, 70 to 90 percent of working capital and term loans from banks have gone to agriculture. With the continued efforts of the Department of Animal Husbandry, the target is now being set by the banks for the cattle milk sector in terms of working capital and term loans.
Staff trained by A-Help help advance vaccination programs, obtain loans for entrepreneurship development, fill out applications, tag animals and register them with the INAPH portal and livestock insurance, etc.
Union for Rural Development Secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha said landless laborers also earn income from animal husbandry. 7 million families in the country are connected to it. Fortunately, the states have so far given their consent to train more than 2 lakh Pashu-Sakhis as A-Help workers. This process is still ongoing. Union Additional Secretary Varsha Shah said Madhya Pradesh is one of the leading states in animal husbandry.
State Additional Chief Secretary Animal Husbandry JN Kansotiya thanked the National Dairy Development Board. He said that the state will live up to your trust one hundred percent. It is as a result of the dedication and hard work of the Animal Husbandry Department, the ranchers, the Pashu-Sakhis and the youth that Madhya Pradesh has reached the third place in milk production today. The program was also endorsed by Chairman of the Dairy Development Board Meenesh Shah, President of the Veterinary Council of India Dr. Umesh Sharma, and the director, Dr. RK Mehia, addressed. Joint Animal Husbandry and Dairy Secretary Upamanyu Basu proposed a vote of thanks.