The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India in association with the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) today conferred the National Gopal Ratna Awards to the winners of the best dairy farmers, rearing indigenous cattle/ buffalo breeds, best artificial insemination technician and best dairy cooperative society (DCS), milk producer company and dairy farmer producer organisation in the country during an event in NDDB, Anand, Gujarat.
The awards were conferred by Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Animal Husbandry and Dairying in an event organised to commemorate the birth centenary of Dr. Varghese Kurien, the pioneer of India’s White Revolution which is celebrated as National Milk Day. The minister also inaugurated an IVF (in vitro fertilisation) Lab at Dhamrod, Gujarat and Hessergatta, Karnataka.
Gopal Ratna Awards
Gopal Ratna Awards – one of the highest National Awards in the field of livestock and dairy sector is conferred in three categories, namely,
- Best Dairy Farmer Rearing Indigenous Cattle/Buffalo Breeds
- Best Artificial Insemination Technician (AIT) and
- Best Dairy Cooperative/ Milk Producer Company/ Dairy Farmer Producer Organisation.
Award consists of a certificate of merit, a memento and amount in each category as under:
Winners of National Gopal Ratna Awards 2021
|S. No.||Category||Name of the Gopal Ratnas|
|1.||Best dairy farmer rearing indigenous cattle/ buffalo breeds||1st. Surendra Awana, Jaipur Rajasthan|
2nd. Resmiedathanal, Kottayam, Kerala
3rd. Rajput Modhibenvardhsinh, Banaskantha, Gujarat3rd. Madhuri, Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh
|2.||Best Artificial Insemination Technician (AlT)||1st. Rama Rao, Karri, AP|
2nd. Dularu Ram Sahu, Chhattisgarh
3rd. Rajesh Bagra, Rajasthan
|3.||Best Dairy Cooperative / Milk Producer Company / Dairy Farmer Producer Organisation)||1st. Kamdhenu Hitkari Manch Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh|
2nd. Deepthigiriksheerolpadaka Sahakarana Sangam , Wayanad, Kerala
3rd. Algur Milk Producer Cooperative Society, Jamkhandi, Karnataka
Rashtriya Gokul Mission
Indigenous bovine breeds of India are robust and possess the genetic potential to play a crucial role in the national economy. The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying had initiated “Rashtriya Gokul Mission”, under National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development in December 2014 with a view to conserve and develop indigenous bovine breeds.
The objective of the programme is genetic up-gradation of cattle and buffaloes. To achieve this, artificial insemination (AI) service is needed to be robust. There are 302 million bovines in the country as per the 20th livestock census. The average productivity is five kg per day per animal at present. AI technicians have a crucial role in transforming the bovine population from the state of low productivity to optimal productivity. Hence, after the farmers who rear the animals, there is a need to identify the best AI technician striving hard towards 100 per cent AI coverage so as to achieve the country’s flagship programme objective of doubling farmers’ income.
According to the ministry, 1.9 lakh dairy cooperative societies and milk producer companies at the village level are growth drivers as it involves about two crore dairy farmers as members and acts as a rural institution to provide the farmers market access for their produce and help in earning remunerative prices.
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