Bhubaneswar: The Centre has decided to include 30 Odisha districts under livestock scheme in this fiscal, said Kal Singh, Director, Department of Animal Husbandry Insurance and Scheme, Government of India, here today.
Addressing the state level workshop organized at Veterinary medical campus at Laxmi Sagar, here, Singh, while appreciating the efforts of the animal husbandry sector of the State, said, “The animal husbandry is a major resource of the State as it is the one of the major livelihood sources of the rural populace.
The Livestock Insurance Scheme has been under implementation on pilot basis in 100 selected districts in the country during 2005-06 and 2006-07 of the 10th Five Year Plan.
Under the scheme, the crossbred and high yielding cattle and buffaloes are being insured at the maximum of their current market price. The premium of the insurance is subsidized to the tune of 50 percent. The entire cost of the subsidy is being borne by the Central Government.
Speaking about the Livestock scheme Singh said, “As Odisha is an agrarian state, a major portion of its population depends on dairy farming and fishery.
“As Odisha has achieved success in dairy farming, the State Government should vigorously promote diary-farming. More and more cows should be included under this scheme,” he observed.
Districts like Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Puri, Kendrapara, Khurda, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Keonjhar have posted success in dairy farming, Singh said, adding that as many as 24,000 cows have been registered in this scheme.