CLFMA of India calls for allied & integrated agriculture industry

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MUMBAI: “Integrated farming will help doubling farmer’s income by 2022. The Government is promoting agriculture and allied sectors to boost farmers’ productivity. It’s now time for a white and blue revolution where the dairy industry and aquaculture activities will play a major role,” said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh. He was speaking at a symposium organised by CLMFA.

“Integrated farming is being promoted in Maharashtra and the schemes like balanced ration, artificial semen, etc are being given preferences. A special thrust is being put on raising the breed of domestic cows. To beat the agrarian crisis, developing integrated farming is the key.”

The Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association of India (CLFMA),which is an apex trade body of manufacturers, traders in the sectors like dairy, poultry, aquatic and non-poultry sectors like meat, animal husbandry and animal feed at its golden jubilee celebration ceremony invited the institutions across India to come together and work towards achieving the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mission in doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

At an event inaugurated by Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister, Government of Maharashtra, CLFMA, the nodal association of livestock industry called for liaison with the governments, institutions and associations to formulate favourable policies which would help upbringing the sectors growth and improve farmers’ lives.

Present at the ceremony were Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Government of India, Shri Mahadev Jankar, Hon’ble Minister of Animal Husbandry Dairy & Fisheries, Government of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Chaudhary, Secretary (ADF), Government of India among others.

Livestock production and agriculture are intrinsically linked, each being dependent on the other, and both crucial for overall food security. According to the government statistics, the agriculture industry contributes 17% of India’s total GDP, out of which, the 27% comes from Animal Husbandry. Overall, the dairy, poultry and aqua industries contribute 4.4% to the nation’s GDP, which itself symbolises the importance of the sectors. These sectors are also crucial in providing employment opportunities to over 16 million people across the country.

Commenting on the occasion, B Soundarajan, Chairman, CLFMA, said, “Improving farmers’ lives is one of the most important aspects for the sustenance of the agriculture industry. However, it is not possible only through agri-limitation of cultivable land. Livestock is the lifeline of farmers and it is a fundamental facet like water and energy. To achieve the PM’s mission, the only way is to ally all agriculture activities and formulating right and effective policies for segments like animal husbandry including dairy, poultry and aquaculture which will bring about the required momentum to the farmers’ incomes.”

CLFMA has also demanded industry status for the animal husbandry sector highlighting its contribution to the nation’s economy and help create specific sector within the agriculture industry.

Livestock production and agriculture are innately linked, each being dependent on the other, and both crucial for overall food security. According to estimates from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the value of output livestock sector at current prices was about Rs 5,91,691 crore during 2015-16 which is about 28.5% of the value of output from the agricultural and allied sector.

The Contribution of the Livestock Industry to the GDP
At constant prices the value of output from livestock is about 29% of the value of the output from total agriculture and allied sector.In dairy industry, nearly 36% of the milk production is contributed by Indigenous Buffaloes followed by 26% by crossbred cattle. The Indigenous cattle contribute 12% of the total milk production in the country whereas non-descript cattle contribute 9% milk production and nondescriptbuffaloes contribute 13% milk production.

Currently, the total Poultry population in our country is 729.21 million (as per 19th Livestock Census) and egg production is around 82.93 billion during 2015-16. The per capita availability (2015-16) is around 66 eggs per annum. The poultry meat production is estimated to be 3.26 million tonnes.

The Meat production has registered a healthy growth from 2.3 million tonnes at the end of Tenth Five Year Plan (2006-07) to 5.5 million tonnes at the end of the Eleventh Five Year Plan (2011-12). Meat production in the beginning of Twelfth Plan (2012-13) was 5.95 million tonnes which has been further increased to 7.0 million tonnes in 2015-16.

The Country has vast potential for fisheries in view of our long coastline of about 8,118 kms apart from the inland water resources. During the financial Year 2015-16, India has exported Rs30420.83crore which is about 0.9% of the National Gross Domestic Products (GDP) and 5.17% to the agriculture GDP (2015-16).

CLFMA would also be conducting a symposium ‘Role of Animal Agriculture in Doubling Farmers’ income’ tomorrow at JW Marriott at Sahar where dignitaries such as Shri HaribhauBagade, Hon’ble Speaker, Maharashtra State Assembly, Government.

Source: Economic Times

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