Chhattisgarh’s Livestock Development Department has decided to utilise solar power in a total of six Government poultry farms in six districts of the State for ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity. The State Government has provisioned Rs 5 crore for the project in the 2017-18 State Budget, officials informed. The solar panels would be installed at Bilaspur, Bastar (Jagdalpur), Kondagaon, Raigarh, Baikunthpur and Durg districts, Agriculture and Livestock Development Minister Brijmohan Agrawal informed. Notably, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand in February this year had chaired the fourth meeting of State-level executive committee of National Livestock Mission at the Mantralya in Naya Raipur, officials informed.
In the meeting, annual action plan proposal of Rs 18 crore under the Mission for fiscal year 2017-18 was approved. This includes Rs 15 crore for livestock development, Rs 1.10 crore for fodder, and Rs 1.90 crore for skill development, technological advancement and expansion in the field of animal husbandry. In the meeting, progress of the works under the Mission was reviewed on the basis of budget received from Central Government in fiscal year 2016-17.