Govt Framing National Livestock Policy: Minister

New Delhi, July 25 | Updated: Jul 26 2004, 05:54am hrs
The government is formulating a national livestock policy to improve quality and quantity of livestock and its products, the government informed the Rajya Sabha last week.

A national livestock policy is being formulated to attain qualitative and quantitative improvement in livestock, livestock products, feed and fodder resources, minister of state for agriculture Kanti Lal Bhuria said in a written reply to the Upper House of parliament here.

The policy is also being formulated to have a better interface between modern technologies of breeding, nutrition and healthcare, he said. He, however, did not give any time-frame for formulation of such a policy.

Mr Bhuria said a production target of 262 lakh tonne of oilseeds have been fixed for the current fiscal year. The vegetable oils production during 2004-05 is expected to be around 88 lakh tonne as compared to estimated production of 79.96 lakh tonne during last year. In reply to another question, the minister said that 4.93 million tonne of edible oil was imported during 2003-04 (April-February). There was a gap of 5 million tonne between domestic availability and consumption requirements of edible oils.

In terms of oilseeds, this works out to a gap of around 18 million tonne, he said.

While efforts are being intensified to raise production and productivity of oilseeds, the gap between domestic production and consumption requirement will be met through imports of edible oils, he said.