Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi today suggested aligning the National Livestock Mission with State Livelihood Mission.
His suggestion came at the State Level Executive Committee Meeting of the National Livestock Mission at State Secretariat here.
Fisheries and Animal Resource Development Department Secretary Bishnupada Sethi presented a Rs 25.33 crore Action Plan for 2017-18 fiscal.
The meeting decided to extend financial support to 17,000 below poverty line (BPL) families in setting up of backyard poultry farms.
According to sources, the State Government will provide financial assistance to about 17,000 BPL families for backyard poultry farms. Each household will be provided with Rs 2250 to buy 45 month-old chicks and Rs 1500 for constructing a house to keep these birds.
The meeting also decided to include a total one lakh goat, lamb, cows and buffaloes under insurance coverage.
“The government will bear 80 per cent of the premium for these insured animals,” the officials said adding the BPL families will bear only 40-50 per cent of the premium amount.
The meeting stressed raising cattle feed production and development of skill in cattle rearing, the officials added.
Mr.Padhi is understood to have stressed raising green fodder production and providing incentives to farmers to involve them in this effort.
The State Government will provide Rs 30,000 assistance for green fodder cultivation on one hectare land, the sources said.