Ranchi, April 13: Chief secretary Rajbala Verma reviewed the Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Cooperative Department.
During the review, she said that after having developed the milk production capacity, artificial insemination centers will be developed at panchayat level in which federation will be included.
She said to survey the cows in their catchment area through BAIF to focus on milk production. She said that work should be done at panchayat level to promote Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and agricultural produce.
She directed the departmental secretary to map number of cattle district wise. She said to select cows carefully before distributing it. The age and breed of the cows should be considered before purchase.
To promote milk production in the state, the government is opening 187 new milk routes in the state.
She was told by the departmental secretary that 1733.7 MT milk is produced presently in the state and the government is going to install two plants at Palamu and Deoghar to produce 50,000 liters more.
She said that 10,000 cows are targeted to be distributed among widows and women with the expenditure of Rs 104 crore.
Routes where milk routes are provisioned will be given cows first. The beneficiaries will be selected by the milk federation officers at panchayat level.
The CM said to develop big ponds as hatcheries and fisheries cooperative societies should be profiled in three months with a view to ascertain the basic necessities for the fishermen. It was also directed to ascertain the presence of fish friends in the meetings.
She suggested taking the services of NFDB, Hyderabad, if required.
Laying stress at establishing agriculture science center, the CS said that it will fix accountability of catchment areas and motivate the farmers to harvest three crops in a year.
It was also decided in the meeting that 5 thousand hectare land will be developed into a cluster and agriculture science center should be developed at block and panchayat level.
In order to increase agriculture produce, BAU will be contacted. She directed departmental secretaries to meet BAU authorities and decide how the production can be increased with hybrid seeds.
She directed to open branches of LAMPS and PACS in the state to simplify seed distribution process in the state. It should be noted that 2041 LAMPS and 2353 PACS are working in the state covering 2,054,977 farmers.
She directed the departmental secretaries to open branches of cooperative banks in blocks to free the farmers from loan sharks. She said that dovas and ponds will be made and existing ponds will be dug deeper.
Agriculture secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Pooja Singhal, Director, and other officials were present.