National Livestock Mission (NLM)

Ministry of Fisheries Animal Husbandry & Dairying


National Livestock Mission (NLM) proposes to bring sharp focus on entrepreneurship development and breed improvement in rural poultry, sheep, goat and piggery including feed and fodder development

About National Livestock Mission:

  • National Livestock Mission (NLM) launched in financial year 2014-15 seeks to ensure quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production systems and capacity building of all stakeholders.
  • The scheme is being implemented as a sub scheme of White Revolution – Rashtriya Pashudhan Vikas Yojana since April 2019.
  • The mission encompasses all the Indian states.
  • There are four sub-missions under National Livestock Mission:

  1. Sub-Mission on Fodder and Feed Development
  2. Sub-Mission on Livestock Development
  3. Sub-Mission on Pig Development in North-Eastern Region
  4. Sub-Mission on Skill Development, Technology Transfer and Extension


  • It is a centrally-sponsored scheme
  • It started operating in 2014.
  • The mission ensures quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production systems, especially in Sheep, Goat, Pig, Poultry, Feed and Fodder sector.

Mission Objectives

  1. Sustainable growth and development of livestock sector, including poultry
  2. Increasing availability of fodder and feed to substantially reduce the demand –supply gap through measures which include more area coverage under quality fodder seeds, technology promotion, extension, post – harvest management and processing in consonance with diverse agro -climatic condition.
  3. Accelerating production of quality fodder and fodder seeds through effective seed production chain (Nucleus – Breeder –Foundation – Certified-Truthfully labelled, etc.) with active involvement of farmers and in collaboration with the dairy / farmers cooperatives, seed corporations, and private sector enterprises.
  4. Establishing convergence and synergy among ongoing Plan programmes and stakeholders for sustainable livestock development.
  5. Promoting applied research in prioritized areas of concern in animal nutrition and livestock production.
  6. Capacity building of state functionaries and livestock owners through strengthened extension machinery to provide quality extension service to farmers.
  7. Promoting skill based training and dissemination of technologies for reducing cost of production, and improving production of livestock sector
  8. Promoting initiatives for conservation and genetic upgradation of indigenous breeds of livestock (except bovines which are being covered under another scheme of the Ministry) in collaboration with farmers / farmers’ groups / cooperatives, etc.
  9. Encouraging formation of groups of farmers and cooperatives / producers’ companies of small and marginal farmers / livestock owners.
  10. Promoting innovative pilot projects and mainstreaming of successful pilots relating to livestock sector.
  11. Providing infrastructure and linkage for marketing, processing and value addition, as forward linkage for the farmer’s enterprises.
  12. Promoting risk management measures including livestock insurance for farmers.
  13. Promoting activities to control and prevent animal diseases, environmental pollution, promoting efforts towards food safety and quality, and supply of quality hides and skins through timely recovery of carcasses.
  14. Encouraging community participation on sustainable practices related to animal husbandry, involvement of community in breed conservation and creation of resource map for the states.

Animal Husbandry in India:

  • A large number of farmers depend upon animal husbandry for their livelihood. It supports the livelihood of almost 55% of the rural population.
  • As per the Economic Survey-2021, the contribution of Livestock in total agriculture and allied sector Gross Value Added (at Constant Prices) has increased from 24.32% (2014-15) to 28.63% (2018-19).
  • India is the highest livestock owner of the world.
    • As per the 20th Livestock Census, the total Livestock population is 535.78 million in the country showing an increase of 4.6% over Livestock Census-2012.

Source: PIB

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