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PM Modi to launch National Animal Disease Control Programme

In one of the major efforts towards doubling farmers income and empowering farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be launching National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) on 11 September 2019 from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. The NADCP aims towards eradicating Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in the livestock.

Key Highlights

During his visit to Mathura PM Modi will also launch National Artificial Insemination Programme on 11 September. He shall also be taking up Swachhta Hi Seva Programme.

He is also expected to simultaneously launch of nationwide workshops in Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) in all the 687 Districts of country on topic of vaccination, disease management, artificial insemination and productivity.

About National Animal Disease Control Programme

Objective: The programme aims to-

  1. Vaccinate more than 500 Million Livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
  2. Vaccinate 36 Million Female Bovine Calves annually in its fight against Brucellosis disease.

Two components of Programme

(1) Controlling of diseases by 2025

(2) Eradication of by 2030

Funds: The programme 100% funding from Central Government, of Rs.12,652 Crores for a period of 5 years till 2024. Earlier, Centre and state governments used to contribute funds in ratio of 60:40.

Coverage: Scheme envisages vaccination coverage to 30 crore bovines (cows-bulls and buffaloes) and 20 crore sheep or goat and 10 million pigs.

Need: The disease of FMD and brucellosis are common among livestock such as- cow, buffaloes, bulls, pigs, sheep and goats. Both the diseases have a direct negative impact on trade of milk and other livestock products.

As per government data if a cow or buffalo gets infected with FMD, the milk loss is up to 100% which could last for4-6 months. In case of Brucellosis, the milk output reduces by 30% during entire life cycle of animal and also causes infertility among animals. Also, the infection of brucellosis can also be transmitted to farm workers and livestock owners.

Telangana’s first food park inaugurated in Nizamabad district

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated Telangana’s first food park at Lakkampally village in Nandipet Mandal of Nizamabad district, Telangana. It has been set up at a cost of ₹109 under Centre’s Food Park Scheme and is promoted by Smart Agro Food Park.

About Mega Food Park

It has been set up on 78 acre of land. It is estimated to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities to 50,000 youth and benefit one lakh farmers. It will generate additional investment of about ₹250 crore will be generated with setting up of 22 food processing units in the park, generating a turnover of about ₹14,000 crore.

About Mega Food Park Scheme

It is being implemented by Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries to give major boost to food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables. Projects under this scheme have been merged under Ministry of Food Processing’s comprehensive flagship scheme-‘Pradhan Mantri Kisan SAMPADA Yojana’.

Objective: To create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along value chain from farm to market through cluster based approach with strong forward and backward linkages.

Cluster approach: It is based on “Cluster” approach and envisages creation of state of art support infrastructure in well-defined agri/horticultural zone for setting up of modern food processing units along with well-established supply chain.

Implementing agencies of Mega Food Park project: It is implemented by Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which is Body Corporate registered under the Companies Act. State Government, State Government entities and Cooperatives are not required to form separate SPV for implementation of this project.

Funding: Central Government provides financial assistance upto Rs. 50 Crore per Mega Food Park project.

Mega food park Project Components: It typically consists of (i) supply chain infrastructure including, (ii) collection centres, (iii) primary processing centres (PPC), (iv) central processing centres (CPC), (v) cold chain.