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 Brief History Of The Department:  

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Tripura is a landlocked state in North East India, where the seven contiguous states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura – are collectively known as the Seven Sister States. Spread over 10,491.69 km2(4,050.86 sq mi), Tripura is the third-smallest among the 28 states in the country, behind Goa and Sikkim. It extends from 22°56'N to 24°32'N, and 91°09'E to 92°20'E. Its maximum extent measures about 184 km (114 mi) from north to south, and 113 km (70 mi) east to west. Tripura is bordered by the country of Bangladesh to the west, north and south; and the Indian states of Assam to the north east and Mizoram to the east.

The physiographic is characterized by hill ranges, valleys and plains. The state has five anticlinal ranges of hills running north to south, from Boromura in the west, through Atharamura, Longtharai and Shakhan, to the Jampui Hills in the east. The state has a tropical savanna climate. The undulating topography leads to local variations, particularly in the hill ranges. The four main seasons are winter, from December to February; pre-monsoon or summer, from March to April; monsoon, from May to September; and post-monsoon, from October to November. Like most of the Indian subcontinent, Tripura lies within the Indomalaya ecozone. Tripura hosts three different types of ecosystems: mountain, forest and freshwater.

The topography, climate and Socio-economic conditions makes the people to depend more on Animal Husbandry activities mainly because of traditional agriculture in hilly areas allows only about 30% of the land in the State. Heavy rainfall in sloppy hills not only causes soil erosion but also makes it acidic by removing the soluble basic part of the soil by the solvent action of the run-off water and loss of productivity.

Prior to 1947 there was only one Veterinary Dispensary in Agartala at Astabal premises for treatment of Animals of Maharaja of Tripura. People also used to avail the said facility for treatment for their domestic animals. Subsequently, two other dispensaries were established one at Dharmanagar and the other at Kailashahar. During the first five year Plan period i.e. in the year 1951 seven more dispensaries were opened. Animal Husbandry Department was tagged under the Agriculture Department. During second Plan Period (1956-61) the Animal Husbandry sector was handed over to the Tripura Territorial Council (TTC). Chief Executive officer was the head of the Department. During the third Plan Period (1961-66) the TTC handed over the Department to Tripura Administration in the year 1965-66 and on November 1969 Animal Husbandry was accorded independent status and named as Directorate of Animal Husbandry. The department was renamed as Department of Animal Resources Development in the year 1993.

Animal Husbandry and Livestock sector is now an integral part of nutritional requirement and rural economy of the state. The Dep’t. of ARD is entrusted with the responsibilities of all aspects of livestock and poultry development, augmentation of Milk, Meat & egg production, Animal Health care including prevention of animal diseases (some are of zoonatic importance) and creation of infrastructure and human resource. The deptt.is also providing required scientific training, extension and expertise support to livestock and poultry farmers/ producers to create sustainable livelihood opportunities and self employment avenues in the whole state, particularly in rural areas.

To intensify the health care facilities, a net work of Vety. Hospitals, Vety. Dispensaries, Vety. Sub centers and Disease Investigation Laboratory (D.I. Labs) are being run covering a vast area of the state. In addition to treatment of livestock & poultry, these institutions also carry out vaccination, Artificial insemination, Awareness & fertility management Camps, exhibition and Calf rallies, implementation of various developmental schemes & So on.

Records of data on production of major livestock products are collected, analysed and estimates are made by the department.

Strategies/ interventions considered by the Department

Milk Sector

Meat Sector

Egg Sector

Skill training

  1. Augmenting milk production by increasing number of crossbreed cattle through intensification of artificial insemination and induction of high yielding cattle from outside state.
  2. Setting up of mini dairy through credit link bank loan.
  3.  Awareness camp & supply of dewormer and Min.mix.
  4. Castration of ND and stray bulls.
  5. Increasing the number of door step A.I. worker and incentivizing them.
  6. Conducting milk yield competition, 2 calf rally and fertility management camps.
  7. Supply of calf growth meal.
  8. Supply of breeding bulls.
  9. Cultivation of perennial fodder and azolla for reducing feed cost and augmentation of milk production.
  10.  Insurance of milch cattle
  1. Setting up of beneficiary oriented piggery demonstration and pig breeding units under FRA.
  2. Tapioca cultivation under MGNREGA in FRA and other areas.
  3. Increasing productivity of goats under conventional small holding /pastoral system.
  1. Massive production of backyard poultry through Block Level Brooder Houses.
  1. Skill Development training for un-employed for dairy farming.

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