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19th livestock census report to be ready by August 2013: CSO

19th livestock census report to be ready by August 2013: CSO
The 19th livestock census will be completed by November-end in all states and the final report will be presented by August 2013, the Central Statistical Organization (CSO) said on Monday.Livestock census is conducted once in five years. The last census report was finalised in 2007.

‘The 19th livestock census was launched on 15 September except in Sikkim and Jammu and Kashmir. The census will be completed in all states by November-end and the final report will be presented by August 2013,’ CSO director general S K Das said on the sidelines of an event.

At present, information about livestock population has been collected in 18 states and the process is through midway in the rest 17 states, he said.

Undertaking census is a huge task and completion of data collection on livestock depends on the deployment of large of enumerators by the state governments, he said.

After collecting the data, Das said tabulation process will begin and the CSO has engaged National Informatics Centre (NIC) for this purpose.

The NIC has already set up data entry centres in 18 states and has assured to establish centres in rest of the states by December-end, he added.

Das said census is conducted to estimate the population of livestock in the country, while there is a separate survey done for forecasting the production of milk, eggs, meat and other livestock products.

The Integrate Sample Survey, conducted to estimate livestock production for 2011-12 fiscal, is in the final stage. The state government officials have been called today to discuss and finalise the report, he said.

Addressing the meeting, Animal Husbandry and Dairying secretary G C Pati directed the state officials to submit production data to the centre at the earliest as this will help finalising estimates for better policy planning.

‘We should reduce timelag in finalisation of the data.

Unless data is not finalised, we cannot use it for any policy planning purpose,’ he said.

He emphasised the need to compile the data on feed and fodder availability in the state to ensure better health of livestock. He also stressed the need to collect data on livestock loss due to sudden outbreak of diseases.
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