New Delhi, Mar 31 (PTI) India’s livestock population has
witnessed a “very small” decrease of about 3.33 per cent
between the census of 2007 and 2012, the government told the
Rajya Sabha today.
The states like Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar and
Assam, however, witnessed a rise in their livestock
population, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh while
replying to questions.
He said Gujarat saw an increase of 15 per cent in
livestock population while in UP the increase was 14 per cent,
in Assam it was 10 per cent, Punjab 9 per cent and Bihar 8 per
However, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal, Goa witnessed a
decline in cattle population, he said.
The total livestock population in the country is 512.06
The livestock census is conducted once in every five
years. The latest livestock census was conducted in 2012. The
livestock species namely cattle, buffaloes, sheep, pigs,
horses & ponies, mules, donkeys, camels, mithun and yak were
included in the census 2012.
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