Livestock Sector Current Affairs - 2019

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GoI: 20th Livestock Census

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, operating under Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying released 20th Livestock Census. According to the census, total Livestock population is 535.78 million and has increased by 4.6% as compared to the previous census. The previous census was conducted in 2014.

Highlights of the census

  • The total Bovine population that includes Buffalo, cattle, Mithun and Yak is around 302.79 million and has increased by 1% in 2019
  • Total number of cattle is 192.49 million and has increased by 0.8%. The Female cattle is 145.12 million and has increased by 18% as compared to the previous census (2012)
  • The Exotic and Indigenous female cattle population has increased by 10% in 2019.
  • The population of Non-Descript cattle has declined
  • The cross bred cattle population has increased by 26.9%
  • The total Buffalos are 109.85 million and has increased by 1%
  • The Goat Population is 148.8 million and has increased by 10.1%
  • The Total population is pig is 9.06 million. It has declined by 12.03%
  • The Commercial Poultry has increased to 534.74 million and has increased by 4.5%

Government launches Livestock Disease Forewarning–Mobile Application

The Union Ministry of Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has launched Livestock Disease Forewarning –Mobile Application (LDF-Mobile App).

It was launched by Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi. During the launch, the Minister also informed that dreaded Rinderpest disease has been eradicated from India

Key Facts

LDF-Mobile App was developed by ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (ICAR-NIVEDI), Bengaluru. This app will be beneficial for consumers and stakeholders engaged in disease control programmes.

The app will provide early diseases warning and also information about clinical samples for diagnosis in case of epidemic so that immediate action in case of epidemic. This app works on all kind of android smartphones and takes up 2.5 MB space.

ICAR-NIVEDI had identified 13 priority diseases based on their past incidence patterns and built strong database of these diseases on app. The app considers both climatic and non-climatic factors and categorizes districts for a particular disease into Very High Risk, High Risk, Moderate Risk, Low Risk, Very Low Risk and No Risk so that stakeholders can effectively plan and utilize the available resources.