NEW DELHI, Jun 25: A team of officers from Animal Husbandry department of the state including Animal Husbandry and Dairying minister Gabriel D Wangsu and Secretary Hage Tari participated in a day-long workshop to strategize and empower the states/UTs for the ensuing 21st Livestock Census organized by the Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying.

The inaugural function of the workshop was addressed by Union Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Rajiv Ranjan Singh, MoS MoFAD George Kurien, MoS MoFAD, Prof S P Singh Baghel, and DAHD Secretary Alka Upadhyaya.

Addressing the inaugural function, Wangsu said that data fuels modern development and the Integrated Sample Survey (ISS) scheme aimed at regular data collection on major livestock products are critical for informed policy-making.

He has urged the government of India to look into the concerns of hilly states as unlike plain areas, conduct of enumeration in hilly terrain sparsely populated in the tough terrain is a challenging task. “Many villages are situated on hill topd or slopes. There is no road communication; it requires days of foot march to reach many villages especially those lying in international borders," he maintained.

“It is essential to increase the number of enumerators and supervisors in our state to ensure timely and precise data collection,” he remarked and therefore, urged the Government of India to emphasize on IEC (Information, Education and Communication) activities to extensively create awareness amongst the public and rural masses.

He also reiterated on correct enumeration & digitizing data of livestock and poultry resources of the country that will immensely contribute in shaping our plan & strategizing developmental agendas.

The workshop was organized by GoI, to empower the state AH officers to use the new digital app-based livestock census module for the proposed countrywide 21st livestock census. The livestock census is a massive exercise to enroll all the livestock species digitally and prepare a database for livestock resources of the country.

The 2 day-long workshop was attended by senior officers from Animal Husbandry department across the country at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.