TOPIC: Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
6) The recently released 20th Livestock Census report census shows that the Centre’s drive to increase indigenous breeds of cattle seems to have had little impact among cattle kept for dairy purposes, in the backdrop of it analyse the success of such missions and suggest ways for improvement.( 250 words)
Why this question:
Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying have released the 20th Livestock Census report. The release contains some key results reflecting the aggregate counts of various species as well as its comparison with previous census.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in detail the findings of the report and evaluate the efforts of centre in this direction, present your opinion as to how far the government has been successful in achieving its defined targets.
Analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary.
Structure of the answer:
In short highlight the importance of such a census.
The Livestock Census has been conducted in the country periodically since 1919-20.
Then discuss the findings of the report. Thereafter explain the efforts of Centre to increase indigenous breeds of cattle that seem to have had little impact among cows kept for dairy purposes. There are 4.85 crore desi (native) milch cows in the country, less than 1% increase than in the last census in 2012.
Discuss Rashtriya Gokul Mission; its objectives.
Conclude with what needs to be done.