Initiatives launched under Rashtriya Gokul Mission

News: Prime Minister has launched several initiatives under Rashtriya Gokul Mission.


About the Initiatives:

  • Semen Station: It has been established in Purnea, Bihar to develop and conserve indigenous breeds of Bihar and meet demand of semen doses of eastern and north eastern States.
  • IVF lab: It has been established at Animal Sciences University,Patna for propagating elite animals of indigenous breeds and thereby enhancing milk production and productivity manifold.
  • Sex sorted semen in artificial insemination(AI): It has been launched at Baroni Milk Union in Bihar.Through the use of sex sorted semen in AI only female calves can be produced (with more than 90% accuracy).This will help double the growth rate of milk production in the country.

Additional Facts:

  • Rashtriya Gokul Mission: It was launched in 2014 under the National Programme for Bovine Breeding and Dairy Development.
  • Nodal Ministry: Department of Animal Husbandry and dairying, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
  • Objectives:
    • development and conservation of indigenous breeds
    • breed improvement programme for indigenous cattle breeds to improve their genetic makeup and increase the stock 
    • enhancement of milk production and productivity
    • upgradation of nondescript cattle using elite indigenous breeds like Gir, Sahiwal, Rathi, Deoni, Tharparkar, Red Sindhi and
    • distribution of disease free high genetic merit bulls for natural service.
  • Implementation: It is being implemented through “State Implementing Agencies(SIA) viz Livestock Development Boards”.
  • Gokul Grams: They will act as Centres for development of Indigenous Breeds and a dependable source for supply of high genetic breeding stock to the farmers in the breeding tract.