PM Narendra Modi launches National Animal Disease Control Programme, re-emphasises phasing out of plastic

Mathura: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ambitious National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) on Wednesday in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura, among a slew of government schemes for farmers.

Soon after launching a slew of welfare schemes for farmers, Modi gave a big push to environmental concerns in Mathura, as he re-emphasised the phasing out of single-use plastic.

“Brajbhoomi has always inspired the world, humanity and life. The entire world is looking for a role model for environmental conservation. But India had inspiration like Lord Krishna whose imagination without environment is impossible,” said the Prime Minister.

With 100 percent funding from the Centre of Rs 12,652 crore for a period of five years till 2024, NADCP aims at vaccinating over 500 million livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against foot and mouth disease.

The programme also aims at vaccinating 36 million female bovine calves annually in its fight against Brucellosis disease.

Modi said it surprised him that earlier governments didn’t deal with the problem that plagues livestock en masse, and he took it up as a campaign. This is part of the government’s efforts to double farmers’ income.

PM interacts with waste collectors

He also interacted with a number of waste collectors. He also sat down with them to tell them about the importance of segregating plastic from waste so that it doesn’t end up in the stomachs of bovines.

Taking his pledge to phase out single-use plastic he not only launched a welfare scheme to segregate plastic from waste but also interacted with a number of waste collectors.

He in fact sat down with them to tell them the importance of segregating plastic from waste so that it doesn’t end up in the stomachs of bovines.

He inspected a machine facility that will recycle waste. He also interacted with veterinary doctors on how vaccines are administered to cows and what precautions are taken.

The Prime Minister also launched nationwide workshops in Krishi Vigyan Kendras in all 687 districts of the country with artificial insemination of livestock as one of the goals.