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Agartala: The Animal Resource Development Department of Tripura has set village-wise targets for the production of animal protein products like meat, eggs and milk, Minister Bhagaban Das said.

“We have taken ample initiatives to make sure that production of animal protein in the form of milk, eggs and meat products can be increased. Recently, we have distributed around 50 advanced breed cows among the beneficiaries in North Tripura and Unakoti district,” Das said.

As many as 80 more cows are in transit and will be reaching the state very soon, the minister added.

According to Das, the process of beneficiary selection has been rationalized so that each village can ramp up for commercial production.

“Earlier, the process of beneficiary selection was kind of irrational. For instance, if 50 cows of advanced breeds were to be distributed, beneficiaries were selected from 10 villages, which made it hard for the department to look after them and extend necessary help in time,” said the minister.

Now, he said, the department is working to form a cluster of farmers in every village.

“As per our new initiative, the animals are being distributed in one particular village. For instance, if ducks are being distributed, we are doing it in one village so that wholesalers can get bulk production in one place. Few days back, we distributed 100 ducks to the beneficiaries of one village. So, if someone requires eggs in large quantity, he will definitely visit that village. We are trying to ensure that each village produces one product in larger quantities that will give the villagers an exposure to the wider market,” Das added.

Moreover, this will also help the ARD department in looking after the animals.

“We are going to start veterinary service on wheels. Under this programme, 12 new vans equipped with modern medical gadgets are being procured. Each of the vans will carry a doctor, his associate and a driver. The vans will pay visits to each of the villages periodically to make the healthcare for animals accessible to all. Supervisors will also be engaged in the job to take regular note of the animal health in the beneficiary households,” said Das. 

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