Matsya Setu

Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying


Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, today launched the Online Course Mobile App “Matsya Setu”.

About Matsya Setu:

  • The app was developed by the ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (ICAR-CIFA), Bhubaneswar, with the funding support of the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad.
  • The online course app aims to disseminate the latest freshwater aquaculture technologies to the aqua farmers of the country.
  • Matsya Setu app has species-wise/ subject-wise self-learning online course modules, where renowned aquaculture experts explain the basic concepts and practical demonstrations on breeding, seed production and grow-out culture of commercially important fishes like carp, catfish, scampi, murrel, ornamental fish, pearl farming etc. Better Management Practices to be followed in maintaining the soil & water quality, feeding and health management in aquaculture operations were also provided in the course platform.
  • The app is absolutely free
  • The modules are divided into small video chapters for the convenience of the learners, along with additional learning materials. In order to motivate the learners and provide a lively learning experience, Quiz/Test options were also provided for self-assessment.
  • Upon successful completion of each course module, an e-Certificate can be auto-generated.
  • Farmers can also ask their doubts through the app and get specific advisories from experts.
  • The app has been developed as a deliverable of an innovative project titled “Capacity Building of Knowledge Intermediaries and Primary Stakeholders through Virtual Learning Approach” sanctioned to ICAR-CIFA in 2018 .With the funding support obtained, a Digital Outreach Center has been established with studio facilities to record the lectures of the experts and post-production setup

Why the need?

App will be helpful for the farmers to learn the advancements in the technologies and Better Management Practices at their convenience. Learning the advanced technologies will certainly influence the adoption of scientific methods in fish farming; hence the productivity will be enhanced, and the income will be improved. This app can also be an important tool to disseminate the latest information on different schemes among the stakeholders, especially fishers, fish farmers, youth and entrepreneurs across the country, assist them and facilitate ease of doing business. He expressed confidence that the app will serve as a wonderful platform for the farmers for learning.

How it will help Farmer:

the app would foster the dissemination of technological information in an effective manner to inculcate the adoption of scientific methods in aquafarming, so that farmers can produce more fish and improve their income and reached out to more than ten thousand farmers across the country/It has a range of online learning modules in a self learning style

Schemes under Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying

National Livestock Mission

  • National Livestock Mission launched during 2014-15 was formulated for development of livestock sector with the objectives to enhance the level of nutrition and standard of living of livestock keepers and farmers especially small holders through sustainable, safe and equitable livestock development.
    • It broadly covers all the activities required to ensure quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production systems and capacity building of all stakeholders. The major outcomes of the Mission is to reduce the gap in demand and availability of feed and fodder, conservation and improvement of indigenous breeds, higher productivity and production in a sustainable and environment friendly manner, enhanced livelihood opportunities, especially in rainfed areas and for landless, small and marginal farmers, increased awareness, improved risk coverage and better availability of quality animal products to consumers overall socio-economic upliftment of livestock rearers.

Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM)

  • Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM) has been launched in December 2014 with an outlay of Rs 2025 crore for development and conservation of indigenous breeds through selective breeding in the breeding tract and genetic upgradation of nondescript bovine population. The scheme comprises of two components namely National Programme for Bovine Breeding (NPBB) and National Mission on Bovine Productivity (NMBP).

Kisan Credit Cards (KCC) to Livestock Farmers

  • A Special Drive has been undertaken by the Department for providing all dairy farmers of Milk Cooperatives and Milk Producer Companies with Kisan Credit Cards (KCC). Under the dairy cooperative movement, approximately 1.5 crore farmers are associated with 230 Milk Unions in the country. It was proposed to provide KCC to these 1.5 crore dairy farmers belonging to Milk Unions and Milk producing Companies during 1 st June-30 th September 2020) under a special drive. Due to Covid -19 lockdown and natural calamities in most of the states the campaign was further extended up to 31 st December 2020.

National Programme for Dairy Development

  • The Department is implementing National Programme for Dairy Development scheme since 2014-15 with the objective to create and strengthen dairy infrastructure for procurement, processing and marketing of milk and milk products by the State Implementing Agencies (SIAs) i.e. State Cooperative Dairy Federations/ District Cooperative Milk Producers’ Union.

Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund

  • Consequent to the Union Budget 2017-18 announcement, Dairy Processing & Infrastructure Development Fund has been set up with a corpus of Rs. 8,004 crore with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). The scheme which has the objective to provide subsidized loan @6.5% to capital stressed milk cooperatives for primarily replacing their decades old chilling and processing plants and addition of value added product plants. The project focuses on building an efficient milk procurement system by setting up of processing and chilling infrastructure & installation of electronic milk adulteration testing equipment at village level. The Scheme envisages providing loan assistance to State Dairy Federations, District Milk Unions, Milk Producers Companies, Multi State Cooperatives and NDDB subsidiaries across the country who are termed as Eligible End Borrowers (EEBs).

Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities

A Scheme named “Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities” was launched during 2017-18. The scheme is being implemented by National Dairy Development Board. A corpus of Rs. 300 crore is kept in perpetuity with National Dairy Development Board to be used for providing soft loans for working capital to enable Cooperative Societies and farmer producer organizations engaged in dairy activities to provide a stable market access to farmers.

Livestock Health and Disease Control

Livestock Health and Disease Control (LH&DC) Scheme is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme which supplements the efforts of the States/UTs in development of animal husbandry by providing financial assistance as Central share for control & containment of animals diseases. It has been continuing since 10th Five Year Plan Period. The Scheme was modified during 11th Plan and 12th Plan period by inclusion of new components and modifying existing components. The Classical Swine Fever-Control Programme is being focussed in the North Eastern Region, while the other disease Control Programmes are being implemented across the country.

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP)

National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) is a flagship scheme launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister in September, 2019 for control of Foot & Mouth Disease and Brucellosis by vaccinating 100% cattle, buffalo, sheep, goat and pig population for FMD and 100% bovine female calves of 4-8 months of age for brucellosis with the total outlay of Rs.13, 343.00 crore for five years (2019-20 to 2023-24).


Livestock Census

The Livestock Census started in the country in the year 1919. So far, 20 livestock censuses have been conducted .Livestock Census is a complete count of the livestock and poultry at pre-defined reference point of time. Similar to population census, primary workers are engaged to undertake house to house enumeration and ascertain the number, age, sex, etc., of livestock/poultry possessed by every household/household enterprise/non-household/non-household enterprises and institutions in rural & urban areas of the country. For the first time tablet computers were used for conduct of 20th livestock census.

Integrated Sample Survey

The production of major livestock products(MLP) namely milk, eggs, meat and wool is estimated on the basis of annual sample surveys conducted under the Central Sector Scheme “Integrated Sample Survey”. The scheme is implemented by the Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying through State Animal Husbandry Departments. All States & UTs are implementing the scheme. Surveys conducted in entire rural and urban areas of the States and UTs. The survey period is from March to February and the entire period of one year is divided into 4 months each. This helps in bringing up progressive estimates of aggregates and also takes care of seasonality if any in the characters under study.

Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture


  • ICAR-Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), formerly the Freshwater Aquaculture Research and Training Centre, is a research institute for freshwater aquaculture research and development in India, It is situated in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • It was founded in 1987 by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.
  • Its genesis lies in the Pond Culture Division of Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Cuttack which started the training center at Kausalyaganga, on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar for Developing and Training on Inland Fishery.

Source: PIB


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