In order to leverage SHG (self-help groups) platform for rural economic growth through convergence, Department of Animal husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) and National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) under the Department of Rural Development (DoRD), Government of India, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) Wednesday at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi.
As per the MoU, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAHD) will leverage services of the members of self-help groups (SHGs) as livestock resource persons and primary service providers through a new accredited model named “A-HELP” (Accredited Agent for Health and Extension of Livestock Production). This model will be implemented across the country by using the existing cadre developed under DAY-NRLM for livestock by providing further training and accreditation as an A-HELP worker (Pashusakhis).
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala highlighted that the dovetailing and synergising efforts of the DAHD and the DRD especially in the context of the common objective of helping the farmers and double their income through the livestock sector is the need of the hour.
Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Rural Development and Panchayati Raj congratulated both departments for signing the MoU and wish for an effective joint synergistic work of both the departments towards the common goal of enhancing rural prosperity and the most efficacious use of existing resources.
Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) has been supporting the farm livelihood sector both through backward and forward linkages. Under backward linkages, the support is being provided through the cadre of pashusakhis who are being trained through structured modules as part of training and capacity building architecture and are providing services by handholding the ‘Mahila Kisans’ (women farmers) through Pashu Pathsalas and services at the doorstep of farmers. The mission has more than 40,000 pashusakhis in their fold. This convergence will help in increasing the outreach of DAHD schemes through these community cadres and also help in additional earning for the cadres thus supporting in enhancing their sustainability, further playing a vital role in rural economic growth.
According to the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying is generating employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for the farming community through different interventions and flagship programmes like Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund (AHIDF), Dairy Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF) and National Animal Disease Control Program (NADCP) for foot and mouth disease (FMD) and brucellosis.
Recently, the Government has approved the implementation of a Special Livestock Sector Package consisting of several activities by revising and realigning various components of the existing schemes in order to have focused development of animal husbandry and dairying across the country for the next five years starting from 2021-22.
Department of Rural Development is also working in a similar platform for rural upliftment through various programmes where more women are involved in livelihood activities, especially in the livestock sector.
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