India’s livestock population saw reduction of 3.33 pc

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India’s livestock population saw reduction of 3.33 pc

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

cent rise.

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

million.

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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