AP becomes role model for country in animal husbandry services: CM Jagan

VIJAYAWADA: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has advised officials to promote marketing of aqua products via the Rythu Bharosa Kendras without any intervention of brokers, in ways as to help aqua farmers in AP.

The Chief Minister was holding a review meeting on animal husbandry, dairy development and fisheries here on Wednesday.

He asked officials to issue health cards for every animal in the state by using latest technology. The government is spending Rs 3,520.57 crore for construction of nine harbours in the state, which would be helpful for increasing the exports and raising the state’s GDP.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said AP has become a role model for the country in animal husbandry services. Top officials from Kerala, Punjab and Chhattisgarh visited AP for acquainting themselves with the functioning of veterinary ambulances, he said.

The CM asked the officials to pay special attention to the running of the ambulances. “Introduce a uniform policy in the animal husbandry department similar to the one in the health department, under which there are two PHCs in every mandal and one village clinic at every village secretariat.”

Jagan Mohan Reddy asked officials to usher in a multi-tier system to have uniformity while extending quality services to the people. After formulating a comprehensive plan, officials should work on improving infrastructure under the Nadu-Nedu and provide vaccination to the livestock, he said.

He asked the officials to strengthen the animal husbandry wing in RBKs by enhancing the operational capabilities of veterinary assistants, similar to the Village Clinic that consists of an ANM and an ASHA worker, together contributing to a strong public health care system at village level.

Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) should be developed and enforced to ensure that one or two volunteers extend support to the veterinary assistants at RBKs in every village, he said, and added that cattle herders should be provided with the phone numbers of call centers and animal husbandry assistants.

The Chief Minister said that besides providing training to all dairy farmers at the Milk Societies in partnership with Amul, to improve the quality of milk and make it chemical-free, steps should be initiated to ensure that all animals get health cards for proper monitoring of the services extended to the livestock.

He said the benefits of schemes introduced in the Animal Husbandry sector should reach everyone in a transparent manner without partialities. Village should be taken as a unit for implementing the schemes. A single phone number should be used for all animal husbandry services.

Underscoring the need to provide livelihood to women under the YSR Cheyuta, Jagan said Rs 18,750 each was given once a year to the women from the SC, ST, BC and Minority segments in the last two years. He asked the officials to extend loans to people involved in various professions including cattle herding, to enable them earn their livelihood.

When the officials told him that steps were being taken to fill 4765 vacant posts and restart the Chittoor Dairy as part of the Jagananna Pala Velluva, he asked them to get things set in two weeks.

Reviewing the progress of fishing harbours, the CM said each fishing harbour would help generate Rs 1000 crore of economic activity every year and fishermen need not have to go to other states. He also asked the officials to ensure that the role of middlemen is eliminated in the aqua field by purchasing aqua products through RBKs.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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