Policies and Strategies for Livestock Development in India
Yasmeen, Vijaykumar. N, Ravindra Chavan and Suresh S. Patil
The animal husbandry plays an important role in the national economy and in the socio-economic development of the country. Higher growth rates of 8-10 per cent in animal husbandry sector help in achieving the targeted growth rate of 6 per cent for the agriculture sector as a whole. Different strategies for livestock development are facilate genetic improvement and conservation of indigenous breeds, improve productivity of pasture lands through improved fodder seeds, improve the database in respect of livestock products and quarantine arrangements may be strengthened to avoid the outbreak of epidemics caused by invasive alien species. The policy measures should be stringent in implementing and should help in conserving the environment, culture, animal bio-diversity and sustainabily in agriculture. This, in a long way helps the small farmers to obtain a sustained livelihood.