The Animal Husbandry carries out disease control, breed improvement programmes and fodder development. Simultaneously, it manages livestock farms consisting of cows, buffaloes, sheep, goats, pigs, rabbits and poultry. The department also deals with equine disease control programme and equine husbandry activities with emphasis on development of pack animals. Along these the department is also controlling zoonotic diseases which are hazardous to public health.
Objectives of the Department –
To provide health coverage to animals, containment of diseases by providing prophylactic vaccination, disease diagnostic and treatment services.
To provide breeding facilities with advanced technologies and improved genetic stock.
To evolve an effective and scientific breeding policy to develop animals for specific needs that is high milk yield, meat, egg, wool and draught power etc.
To improve the feed and fodder resources through extension of area of fodder cultivation with improved fodder varieties , biomass production, silvipasture development and enrichment of cellulosic waste.
In order to maintain the genetic diversity, conservation of indigenous breeds of cows and buffaloes.
To develop all livestock species and poultry with marketing back up and support services.
All the above objective are meant for achieving –
Increase production of milk, meat, egg, wool and other livestock products through qualitative and quantitative improvement in production potential of livestock and through disease control activities.
To provide self employment opportunity subsidiary occupation and income to larger section of population in the rural areas as well as to ensure proper availability of quality animal protein and nutritious diet.
To encourage occupational diversification of people.
To reduce the number of non-descript livestock population so as to reduce pressure on land and fodder resources.