India has a bovine population of over 300 million, with 43 cattle breeds and about 16 buffalo breeds. The Government of India introduced the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog to preserve and promote effective species. The scheme was introduced under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission, which will help dairy farmers to get discounted prices for the interbreeding and IVF breeding of their cattle. The objective here is to increase milk production while preserving genetic resources.
- Scheme Name: Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog
- Scheme Modified: 2021-22
- Scheme Fund Allocated: Up to INR 500 crores
- Type of Government Scheme: Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD), India
- Sponsored / Sector Scheme: Rashtriya Gokul Mission
- Website to apply:
- Helpline No.: (011) 2587-1187 / 2587-1107
Features of the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Scheme
The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Scheme is an upcoming scheme by the Central Government to preserve the cattle breed and increase milk production through the latest sustainable technologies. The project will be from 2021-22 to the next five years. The project will help dairy farmers to start new farms of up to 50 cows and get subsidies for breeding through IVF.
|Who will benefit?||Farmers with small dairy farm, women, and youth|
|Help in the form of||
|Implemented by||Livestock Development Boards and Milk Federations of states|
|Mode of payment||Directly to the bank account of the participating agent.|
Benefits of Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog
- The Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog scheme will benefit the smaller dairy farmers and other agencies who are doing bovine breeding.
- The scheme ensures the availability of high genetic germplasm in cattle.
- Strengthen the functioning of the semen stations in various states.
- Helps implement the National Digital Livestock Mission and promotes Artificial Insemination Network.
- Helps create awareness of these techniques among the farmers.
- It will boost the Research Development and Innovation in Bovine Breeding.
- It will also promote skill development in this field for interested farmers.
The drawback of Kamdhenu Aayog
- The project can start only with a proper project plan which will be reviewed and approved by the Project Sanctioning Committee (PSC). So it can take longer to have the project implemented finally.
- Currently, there is no direct helpline number for the Kamdhenu Ayog. It will currently be under the National Animal Disease Control Programme.
- Although awareness programs are promoted for the farmers to help with this scheme, until they fully understand the benefits, the project’s success will be slow.
- Moreover, the need for more scientific studies is crucial before implementation.
How to Apply?
The project does not accept direct applications. The project implementation is through the states via Implementing Agencies, which will direct the funding to the participating agencies. There are several stages for this program to be functional, with several aspects and departments. So there has yet to be a single window application process for this scheme.
At the same time, similar schemes are functional in various states. The state-authorized procedures will have specific dates for application, and you can enquire about the same with your local authorities for more details.
The list of actual documents will be notified later. The general documents required for the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Scheme are,
- Aadhar card of the participant
- PAN card
- Certificate from the bank where the account is opened
- Land ownership or shed ownership certificate
- Passport size photograph
- Caste certificate for reserved categories such as SC/ST
- Residence or address proof
- Income certificate
- Project approval copy
The success of small-scale projects of the same line of the Rashtriya Kamdhenu Scheme in different states encourages projects promoting the indigenous gene pool of cattle breeds. It can be a game changer for the farmers and the country when implemented well and successfully. The farmers can double their income with less investment and ample support from the authorities. India, already the largest milk producer, can effectively push the Make In India program further.
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