Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura on Wednesday to launch several programmes in a bid to boost the ailing agricultural sector. He launched the National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP), funded by the Centre, which aims to eradicate Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis in livestock.
“Today, the whole world is battling climate change and they are searching for a role model to protect the environment. India has always had a role model in Lord Krishna,” Modi said. “Environment and livestock have always been a very important part of India’s economic thinking. By balancing nature and economic development, we are moving towards a strong and new India.”
The Centre has allocated Rs 12,652 crore for a period of five years till 2024 to bring the disease under control. By 2030, the government aims to completely eradicate the disease. The funds will be spent in vaccinating over 500 million livestock including cattle, buffaloes, sheep, goats and pigs against the FMD. Meanwhile, 36 million bovine calves will be administered vaccines to prevent Brucellosis disease.
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Modi also launched the National Artificial Insemination Programme and a nationwide workshop in Krishi Vigyan Kendras in all 687 districts of the country on the topic of vaccination, disease management, artificial insemination and productivity.
In Mathura, Modi took up the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ programme and joined women in segregating plastic from waste.
The Prime Minister was accompanied by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Giriraj Singh.