Rashtriya Gokul Mission

The “Rashtriya Gokul Mission” has been launched by the Government for conservation and development of indigenous breeds in a focused and scientific manner.

Rashtriya Gokul Mission
Rashtriya Gokul Mission

Rashtriya Gokul Mission

Milk is an integral part of every household in India. People of every age group consume milk or milk products daily. Therefore, it is crucial that every person gets quality milk. Keeping this in mind, PM Narendra Modi, along with the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, announced the implementation of Rashtriya Gokul Mission in December 2014.

This initiative was implemented to conserve as well as develop the indigenous bovine breeds to scientifically improve the production as well as productivity of milk.

What is Rashtriya Gokul Mission?

What are the Objectives of Rashtriya Gokul Mission?

What are the Features of Rashtriya Gokul Mission?

What are the Benefits of Rashtriya Gokul Mission?

How to Avail Benefits of Rashtriya Gokul Mission?

Initiatives under Rashtriya Gokul Mission

Several initiatives were taken under the Rashtriya Gokul Mission for the conservation and development of the indigenous bovine breeds. Some of the major initiatives taken by the Government of India during the implementation of this mission are mentioned below:

  • Various cattle development centres were established to develop indigenous breeds. These development centres were known as Gokul Grams.
  • Initiating different awards for the farmers to encourage them to rear these indigenous breeds. Gopal Ratna award was given to the farmers for best management and maintenance of the Indigenous Breed while the Kamdhenu award was given for best managed Indigenous herd by Institutions/Trusts/ NGOs/ Gaushalas or best-managed Breeders’ societies.
  • Establishment of National Kamdhenu Breeding Centre (NKBC) as a centre of excellence for the development and conservation of indigenous breeds in a scientific way.
  • Developing an e-market portal for connecting the breeders and farmers. This e-market portal was named as ‘E-Pashu Haat – Nakul Prajnan Bazaar’.
  • An animal wellness program, Pashu Sanjivani, was established that encompassed the provision of animal health cards.
  • Use of advanced reproductive technology for a disease-free female bovine. This technology included In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Multiple Ovulation Embryo Transfer (MOET).
  • Establishment of National Bovine Genomic Center for Indigenous Breeds (NBGC-IB).

PM recently inaugurated the following under Rashtriya Gokul Mission:

  1. Semen Station with state-of-the-art facilities in Purnea, Bihar.
  2. IVF lab established at Animal Sciences University, Patna.
  3. Sex sorted semen in artificial insemination by Baroni Milk Union in Begusarai district of Bihar.

What is a Gokul Gram?

India houses 14.5% of the world cattle population, out of which 83% of the population is indigenous. The Rashtriya Gokul Mission, which was implemented by the State Implementing Agency (SIA), focuses on the development of integrated indigenous cattle centres. These cattle centres are known as Gokul Grams.

A Gokul Gram mainly focuses on the following objectives:

  • Promoting indigenous cattle rearing and their conservation in a scientific manner.
  • Use of indigenous breeds for propagating high genetic merit bulls.
  • Developing modern farm management practices, along with promoting common resource management.
  • To utilize animal waste in an economical way.