“Increased allocation under Livestock Health and Disease Control programme from Rs 8.86 billion in RE 2021-22 to Rs 20.00 billion the 2022-23 BE, reiterates GOI’s focus on supporting livestock betterment. This is expected to bolster cattle productivity and increase raw milk availability for dairy processors,” said Sharad, adding, “Reduction in alternative minimum tax rates for cooperative societies will positively impact margins of dairy cooperatives lending cushion for further capex in dairy processing and passing on benefits to dairy farmers.”
However, the livestock industry captains think that the budget gave inadequate attention to the livestock sector, even though it contributes 4.11% to GDP and 25.6% to total agriculture GDP.
“We wanted the government to fix MSP for the poultry sector, which would have benefited the poultry farmers to a large extent. The industry also expected a viable solution towards controlling the ever spiraling of the raw material prices as it has been plaguing the already overburdened industry,” said Saraogi.