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At the time of integration (1-7-49) of Travancore and Cochin, a separate Veterinary Department was in existence in Cochin state, while Animal Husbandry activity was a part of Agricultural Department in Travancore state.  The cattle in those days were mostly non descript desi varieties with poor milk production. At the time of integration, there were 22 Veterinary Hospitals and 10 Veterinary Dispensaries in Travancore area and there were 12 Veterinary Hospitals and 12 Veterinary Dispensaries and 12 Stockmen Stations in Cochin area.  13 Veterinary Surgeons and a few Veterinary Inspectors managed these institutions.

          Artificial Insemination facilities were introduced in selected areas with the establishment (February 1952) of Key Farm Centres (ICAR) at Trivandrum, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Ollukkara, using semen of Sindhi Breed.  Grading up of local cows with Sindhi and buffaloes with Murrah had been the breeding policy in vogue at that time.

         Following institutions were in existence at the time of formation of Kerala state on 1/11/1956. 
Veterinary Hospital - 39
Veterinary Dispensaries and Veterinary Dispensaries manned by Veterinary Surgeons  - 12
Touring billets manned by Veterinary Surgeons - 2
Veterinary Dispensaries and Stockmen stations were manned by  - 43 Stockmen.
Currently, after 45 years of formation of Kerala State about 2638 institutions are functioning in the Animal Husbandry Department.
The activities of Animal Husbandry Department have been led by the broad goal of rendering livestock forming a strong component of General Development Process in the state.  Specifically this breaks into the following main components.

  1. Strengthening the livestock population of the state in terms of both number and quality
  2. Increasing the production of milk, egg and meat
  3. Creating more self- employment opportunities in the Animal Husbandry sector.
  4. Assisting weaker sections of the society to enhance their income level.
  5. Control of animal diseases
  6. Conduct scientific studies into relevant aspects of livestock rearing.
  7. Collection and analysis of data and information on the Animal Husbandry Sector of the state.
  8. To equip the farmers with modern scientific practices in Animal Husbandry.

          The majority of livestock population in the state is concentrated in villages.  Mostly peasants and agricultural laborers are engaged in cattle rearing and allied activities.  Hence any development in the Animal Husbandry sector will strengthen the rural economy.  About 10% of the Gross Domestic Product of the state is contributed by this sector.

          Milk, egg and meat are the principal primary products of Animal Husbandry in Kerala.  This sector can also contribute its share to the industrial Development of the state by way of supplying industrial products like bacon, hides, skins etc.

          Protective and promotional activities of the Animal Husbandry Department are being conducted through various institutions such as, Veterinary Dispensaries, Veterinary Hospitals, Veterinary Poly Clinics, District Veterinary Centres, Intensive Cattle Development Projects, and ICDP Sub Centres etc.

          Panchayat Raj Act came into existence on 2nd October 1995 as per GO (P) No.189/95 dated 18/9/1995 and most of the institutions of Animal Husbandry Department were handed over to Grama Panchayats, Gilla Panchayats, Block Panchayat, Municipalities and Corporations.

The following institutions were handed over to Gilla Panchayats

  1. District Animal Husbandry Office and District Veterinary Centres
  2. Regional Artificial Insemination Centres
  3. Mobile Farm Aid Units
  4. Clinical Laboratories and Mobile Veterinary Hospitals
  5. Pig Breeding Units
  6. Livestock Farms except District Livestock Farm, Kudappanakkunnu
  7. Poultry Farms of Kottayam, Idukki, Malappuram and Kozhikode Districts
  8. Goat Farms at Attappadi and Komeri

          Calf Feed Subsidy Scheme, ICDP Sub Centres, Veterinary Dispensaries, Veterinary Hospitals were handed over to Grama Panchayat and Veterinary Poly Clinics functioning in Grama Panchayats were handed over to Block Panchayats.  

ICDP Sub Centres, Veterinary Hospitals and Veterinary Poly Clinics situated in Municipal and Corporation areas were handed over to Municipalities and Corporations respectively.

          District Livestock Farm, Kudappanakkunnu; Jersey Farm, Vithura; Jersey Farm Extension Unit, Palode; and Buffalo Breeding Farm, Kuriottumala are the institutions engaged in Cattle and Buffalo rearing activities.  There are nine Poultry Farms, One Broiler Farm, One Duck Farm, a Central Hatchery and two Intensive Poultry Development Blocks for Poultry Breeding activities.  Besides, there are two Goat Breeding Farms and Six Pig Breeding Centres in the state along with a Pig Breeding Farm at Kappad.

Planning at the directorate level is handled by a section under the control of an Additional Director supported by a Deputy Director, an Assistant Director and other staff members.  In addition to the formulation of schemes this section undertakes processing of the guidelines and instructions to the Departmental Officers on the implementation of Plan schemes, monitoring the progress of implementation, review of the implementation, concurrent evaluation of on going schemes and evaluation of completed scheme.

General Administration:

          The Animal Husbandry Directorate is housed in Vikas Bhavan, Thiruvananthapuram.

          The overall technical, administrative and financial control is vested with the Director, supported by two Additional Directors, three Joint Directors, six Deputy Directors and five Assistant Directors, attached to the Directorate.

          The major technical wings at the Directorate are Veterinary Services and Animal Health, Planning, Livestock Production, Poultry and Animal Husbandry Statistics.

          Administrative wing of the Department comprises of an Administrative Officer, Finance Officer, two Administrative Assistants and one Accounts Officer.

          A Statistical wing is functioning in the Directorate under the guidance of Joint Director (Statistics).  The cell consists of two wings - the Official statistics wing and the Sample Survey wing. One Research Officer is allotted to Official Statistics wing and two Research Officers to the Sample Survey wing.

The following is the staff pattern of the Directorate

Director
Additional Directors (2)    
1.      Animal Health & Veterinary Service
2.      Planning
Joint Directors (3)
1.     Livestock Production
2.     Poultry
3.     Statistics
Deputy Directors (6)
1.     Planning
2.     Veterinary
3.     Key Village
4.     Extension
5.     Swine Husbandry
6.     Poultry
Assistant Directors (5)
1.     Planning
2.     Cattle Development
3.     Rabies Eradication
4.     Central Store Organisation
5.     Fodder
Finance Officer
Administrative Officer
Administrative Assistants (2)
Accounts Officer
Research Officers (3)
1.     Sample Survey (2)
2.     Official Statistic Wing (1)

          About 2,638 institutions are functioning in the Animal Husbandry Department.  The following institutions are under the director control of Head Quarters.

  1. Chief Disease Investigation Office, Palode
  2. Epidemiological Cell, Thiruvananthapuram
  3. Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals, Palode
  4. Livestock Disease Control Office, Thiruvananthapuram.
  5. Special Livestock Breeding Programme- Head Quarters, Thiruvananthapuram
  6. Central Hatchery, Chengannur
  7. Avian Disease Diagnostics Lab, Thiruvalla
  8. Cattle Sterility Office, Aluva
  9. Swine Husbandry Office, Aluva
  10. Rinderpest Eradication Scheme, Head Quarters, Palakkad
  11. Livestock Management Training Centres at Mundayad, Malampuzha, Aluva, and Kudappanakkunnu.

District Level Administration

          The responsibility of district level Animal Husbandry activities is vested with the District Animal Husbandry Officer in the cadre of Joint Director.

          The District Animal Husbandry Officer has technical as well as administrative control over all the veterinary institutions in the districts except those, which are directly administered from the head quarters.  In technical matters a Deputy Director and a Veterinary Surgeon assist District Animal Husbandry Officer.

          Various Animal Husbandry activities have been conducted under the guidance of District Animal Husbandry Officer for ensuring Animal Husbandry and welfare of farmers.

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM   

Institutions in the District under the Control of District Animal Husbandry Officer

1.Calf Feed Subsidy Scheme Office

1

2.Central Veterinary Store

1        

3.Clinical Laboratory

1

4.Disease Free zone Unit

1

5.District Livestock Farm

1

6.District Veterinary Centre

 1

7.ICDP Sub Centres

137

8.Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

9.Jersey Farm Extension Unit

1

10.Jersey Farm, Vithura

1

11.Mobile Farm Aid Unit

1

12.Mobile Veterinary Hospital

1

13.Pig Breeding Unit

1

14.Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

5

15.Regional Poultry Farm

1

16.Rinderpest Checkpost

1

17.Veterinary Dispensaries

71

18.Veterinary Hospital

23

19.Veterinary Poly Clinic

2

  Total:

257

The institutions functioning in the district under the direct control of head quarters

  1. Chief Disease Investigation Office, Palode
  2. Epidemiological Cell, Thiruvananthapuram
  3. Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals, Palode
  4. Livestock Disease Control Office, Thiruvananthapuram
  5. Livestock Management Training Centre, Thiruvananthapuram
  6. Special Livestock Breeding Programme-Head Quarters, Thiruvananthapuram

KOLLAM

Institutions in the Kollam District under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer.

1. Buffalo Breeding Farm

1

2.Calf Feed Subsidy Scheme Office

1

3.Clinical Lab

1

4.Disease Free zone Unit

1            

5.District Veterinary Centre

1

6.ICDP Sub Centre

141

7.Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

8.Mobile Veterinary Hospital

1

9.Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

4

10.Regional Poultry Farm

1

11.Rinderpest Checkpost

1

12.Rinderpest Vigilance Unit

1

13.Veterinary Dispensary

52

14.Veterinary Hospital

23

15.Veterinary Poly Clinic

2

Total:

232

PATHANAMTHITTA

There are 164 Veterinary Institutions functioning in the district.

Avian Disease Diagnostic Lab, Thiruvalla working in the district is under the direct control of Head Quarters.

          The institutions working under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer in the district are

1. District Veterinary Centre

1

2. Veterinary Poly Clinic

3

3. Veterinary Hospitals

13

4. Veterinary Dispensaries

42

5. Mobile Farm Aid Unit

1

6. Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

7. ICDP Sub Centre

91

8. Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

3

9. Artificial Insemination Centre

1

10. Artificial Insemination Sub Centre

5

11. Disease Free zone Unit

1

12. Duck Farm

1           

Total:

163

ALAPPUZHA

Institution under the control of Head quarters

Central Hatchery, Chengannur

1)     Feed Compounding Factor

2)     Feed Testing Lab

3)     Mobile Veterinary Hospital

4)     Chick Sexing School

5)     Poultry Training Institute

Institute under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer

1.           District Veterinary Centre

1

2.           Veterinary Poly Clinic

6

3.           Veterinary Hospital

18

4.           Veterinary Dispensary

52

5.           Motor Boat Veterinary Dispensary

1

6.           ICDP Sub Centre

56

7.           Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

2

8.           Clinical Lab

1

9.           Calf Feed Subsidy Scheme Office

1

KOTTAYAM

1.         District Veterinary Centre

1

2.         Veterinary Poly Clinics

4

3.         Veterinary Hospital

19

4.         Veterinary Dispensary

58

5.         Mobile Veterinary Hospital

1

6.         Mobile Farm Aid Unit

2

7.         ICDP Sub Centre

81

8.         Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

2

9.         Regional Poultry Farm

1

10.       Pig Breeding Farm

1

11.       Pig Breeding Unit

1

12.       Rinderpest Vigilance Unit

1

13.       Calf feed Subsidy Scheme Office

1

  Total:

173

IDUKKI

1.      District Veterinary Centre

1

2.      Veterinary Poly Clinic

2

3.      Veterinary Hospital

9

4.      Veterinary Dispensary

45

5.      Mobile Veterinary Hospital

1

6.      Mobile Farm Aid Unit

2

7.      Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

8.      ICDP Sub Centre

54

9.      Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

4

10.   Clinical Lab

1

11.   District Poultry Farm

1

12.   Pig Breeding Unit

1

13.   Rinderpest Check Post

3

14.   RP Vigilance Unit

1

Total:

126

          All the 126 institutions are working under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer.

ERNAKULAM

1.      District Veterinary Centre

1

2.      Veterinary Poly Clinic

5

3.      Veterinary Hospital

23

4.      Veterinary Dispensary

78

5.      Mobile Veterinary Hospital

1

6.      Mobile Farm Aid Unit

2

7.      Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

8.      ICDP Sub Centre

83

9.      Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

1

10.   Artificial Insemination Sub Centre

1

11.   Clinical Lab

1

12.   Regional Poultry Farm

1

13.   Pig Breeding Unit

1

14.   Livestock Management Training Centre

1

15.   Rinderpest Mobile Unit

1

16.   Livestock and Marine Products Inspecting Office

1

          Out of 210 institutions all the above 208 institutions are working under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer and the following two are under the control of Head Quarters

1.              Cattle Sterility Office, Aluva
2.              Swine Husbandry Office, Aluva.

THRISSUR

          All the 234 institutions are working under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer.  The institutions are

1.      District Veterinary Centre

1

2.      Veterinary Poly Clinic

6

3.      Veterinary Hospital

23

4.      Veterinary Dispensary

89

5.      Mobile Farm Aid Unit

1

6.      Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

7.      ICDP Sub Centre

101

8.      Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

4

9.     Artificial Insemination SubCentre

2

10.   Pig Breeding Unit

1

11.   Rinderpest Mobile Unit

1

12.   Special Livestock Breeding Programme Office

1

13.   Calf feed Subsidy Scheme Office

1

14.   Mobile Disease Diagnostic Lab

1

15.   Livestock Disease Control Checkpost

1

16.   Central Veterinary Store

1

Total:

235

PALAKKAD

          Out of 213 Animal Husbandry institutions in the District Rinderpest Eradication Scheme Head quarters, Palakkad is under the direct control of Director of Animal Husbandry.  The institutions which are working under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer are

1.      District Veterinary Centre

1

2.      Veterinary Poly Clinic

4

3.      Veterinary Hospital

16

4.      Veterinary Dispensary

77

5.      Mobile Veterinary Hospital

1

6.      Mobile Farm Aid Unit

3

7.      Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

8.      ICDP Sub Centre

89

9.      Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

3

10.   Artificial Insemination Centre

2

11.   Clinical Lab

1

12.   Regional Poultry Farm

1

13.   Goat Farm

1

14.   Rinderpest Check Post

8

15.   RP Vigilance Unit

1

16.   RP Vaccination Squad

2

17.   Calf Feed Subsidy Scheme Office

1

Total:

212

MALAPPURAM

The institutions functioning in the district under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer.

1.      Clinical Lab

1

2.      District Poultry Farm

1

3.      District Veterinary Centre

1

4.      ICDP Sub Centre

116

5.      Mobile Disease Diagnostic Lab

1

6.      Mobile Farm Aid Unit

2

7.      Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

1

8.      Rinderpest Checkpost

1

9.      Veterinary Dispensary

82

10.   Veterinary Hospital

12

11.   Veterinary Poly Clinic

4

KOZHIKODE

The institutions functioning in the district under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer.

Calf Feed Subsidy Scheme Office

1

Central Veterinary Store

1

Clinical Lab

1

District Veterinary Centre

1

ICDP Sub Centre

109

Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

Mobile Veterinary Hospital

1

R P Vigilance Unit

1

Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

1

Regional Poultry Farm

1

Veterinary Dispensary

71

Veterinary Hospital

13

Veterinary Polyclinic

2

WAYANAD

The institutions functioning in the district under the control of District Animal Husbandry Officer.

Clinical Lab

1

District Veterinary Centre

1

ICDP Sub Centre

74

Mobile Farm Aid Unit

1

R P Check Post

2

Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

1

Veterinary Dispensary

17

Veterinary Hospital

6

Veterinary Polyclinic

2

KANNUR

There are 229 Institutions working in the district Livestock management Training Centre, Mundayad is functioning under the direct control of the Head Quarters . the Other institutions are functioning under the control of DAHO. They are

1.      District Veterinary Centre

1

2.      Veterinary Poly Clinic

5

3.      Veterinary Hospital

11

4.      Veterinary Dispensary

68

5.      Mobile veterinary Hospital

1

6.      Mobile Farm Aid Unit

2

7.      Intensive Cattle Development Project

1

8.      ICDP Sub Centre

126

9.     Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

4

10.   Pig Breeding Unit

1

11.   Rinderpest Check Post

1

12.   Rinderpest Vigilance Unit

1

13.   Special Livestock Breeding Programme Office

1

14.   Calf feed Subsidy Scheme Office

1

15.   Disease Diagnostic Lab

1

16.   Goat Farm

1

17.   Regional Poultry Farm

1

18.   Clinical Lab

1

KASARGOD

1.        Clinical Lab

1

2.        District Veterinary Centre

1

3.        ICDP Sub Centre

58

4.        R P Check Post

1

5.        Regional Artificial Insemination Centre

2

6.        Veterinary Dispensary

33

7.        Veterinary Hospital

6

 

 


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