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New Delhi : As part of Aazadi Ka Amrit Mahostav, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, organised an awareness programme on Entrepreneurship schemes of the Department through Common Service Centres (CSCs) network by holding 2,000 village level camps across 8 Union Territories (UTs) and Goa on October 27, 2021. The participants were  given complete information about these schemes as well as how to apply on the scheme portal through the CSCs itself.

Union Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Minister Parshottam Rupala addressed the farmers connected through camps and informed that as per recent Cabinet decision, the National Livestock Mission and Rashtriya Gokul Mission schemes now have a component of breeder farm entrepreneurs and fodder entrepreneurs. National Livestock Mission (NLM) will help in creating rural Entrepreneurship and help in creating better livelihood opportunity for unemployed youth and livestock farmers in the Cattle, Dairy, poultry, sheep, goat, piggery, feed and fodder sector paving the way for AtmaNirbhar Bharat, according to a PIB release.

During the function, Rupala stated that these schemes will  bring sharp focus on entrepreneurship development and breed improvement in rural poultry, sheep, goat and piggery including feed and fodder development. Rural Poultry Entrepreneurship component will give direct employment to 1.5 lakh farmers  and 2 lakh farmers will be directly benefitted from sheep goats and poultry development. Fodder and fodder seed availability in country will be increased by many folds through creation of fodder entrepreneurs.

Later in the programme, Rupala interacted with Rural entrepreneurs from UTs. He appreaciated the efforts made by Thingley Norbu, Ladakh, who has popularised Yak cheese even beyond boundaries ( Nepal). He talked to Idres Mustafa Qureshi from Srinagar, J&K, who thanked the government for all possible support in sheep husbandry. He showed a glimpse of his sheep rearing farm through a short video.

The Minister also spoke to Sukhada Sil from South Andaman who requested for government assistance to small farmers who want to start business with less than 500 animals. Rupala assured all possible help to the entrepreneurs.

The programme was graced by Dr Sanjeev Balyan and L Murugan, Ministers of State, Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, and other dignitaries.