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20th Livestock Census

20th Livestock Census

Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying released the 20th Livestock Census report. This release provides key results that reflect the aggregate counts of various species as well as its comparison with the previous census.

Key Points:

  • The Census will be beneficial for not only policymakers but also for agriculturists, entrepreneurs, traders, dairying industry and masses in general. 
  • The Livestock Census has been conducted in the country since 1919-20. The Livestock Census covers all domesticated animals and its headcounts. 
  • So far 19 such censuses have been conducted. 
  • The 20th Livestock Census was conducted in participation with all States and Union Territories.
  • The total Livestock population is 535.78 million in the country showing an increase of 4.6% over Livestock Census-2012.
  • West Bengal has seen the highest increase of 23%, followed by Telangana (22%).
  • The total number of cattle in the country has seen an increase of 0.8 %.
  • Uttar Pradesh has observed a maximum decrease in cattle population though the state has taken several steps to save cattle.
  • West Bengal has seen the highest rise of 15% in cattle population. 
  •  Different species of animals like Buffalo, Cattle, Yak, Mithun, Sheep, Goat, Pig, Horse, Pony, Mule, Donkey Camel, Dog, Rabbit and Elephant; poultry birds like Fowl, Duck, Emu, Turkeys, Quail and other poultry birds possessed by the households, household enterprises or non-household enterprises and institutions have been counted.

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