Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying has sanctioned funds under RashtriyaGokul Mission for setting up of 21 Gokul Grams as Integrated Cattle Development Centres. So far four Gokul grams (Varanasi, Mathura, Patiala and Phora) have been completed and work is under progress in remaining 17 gokul grams.
About RashtriyaGokul Mission
It aims at conserving and developing indigenous breeds in focused and scientific manner and enhance the productivity of the indigenous breeds of India through professional farm management. It comprises of two components namely National Programme for Bovine Breeding (NPBB) and National Mission on Bovine Productivity (NMBP).
Objectives of Misssion: (i) Develope and conserve indigenous breeds (ii) Undertake breed improvement programme for indigenous cattle breeds for improving genetic makeup and increase stock. (iii) Enhance milk production and productivity. (iv) Upgrade nondescript cattle using elite indigenous breeds like Sahiwal, Gir, Rathi, Deoni, Red Sindhi, Tharparkar,(v) Distribute disease free high genetic merit bulls for natural service.
Implementation: It is implemented through State Implementing Agency (SIA viz Livestock Development Boards). State Gauseva Ayogs are mandated to sponsor proposals to SIA’s (LDB’s) and monitor implementation of sponsored proposal. Besides, all Agencies having role in indigenous cattle development are “Participating Agencies” like CCBFs, CFSPTI, ICAR, Universities, Colleges, NGO’s, Cooperative Societies and Gaushalas with best germplasm.