Animal Husbandry

During late 1960 the people of Lakshadweep were unaware of the Animal Husbandry activities for the economic development of people. The Administration had introduced poultry keeping in the island of Agatti by transporting a few layers from mainland during 1961. Subsequently in 1963 poultry keeping was extended to Kavaratti and Amini, later to Androth, Kalpeni and Minicoy also. Gradually the people of Lakshadweep started getting acquainted with poultry keeping.

The Animal Husbandry programmes in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep consist mainly of integrated poultry development, Goat/ Cattle Development and Disease Control Programmes.

The livestock and poultry production in these islands were meager till seventies. The people in the islands were maintaining indigenous variety of cattle, goat and poultry for their domestic purposes. Till 1992 this Department was manned by the senior officers of the administration due to the absence of a regular Director for the Department.   The department of Animal Husbandry has made the inhabitants conscious of better variety of livestock and poultry by establishing Poultry Demonstration Units and Dairy Demonstration Units in some of the islands through Five Year plan till Eight Five year plan. From VIIIth Five Year plan onwards the schemes has been envisaged to boost up production of high yielding livestock and poultry from various farm oriented programmes to farmer oriented ones, have proved good results with regard to the production of milk, egg and meat. As a result of launching the latest technology and related packages on intensified poultry development, a large number of beneficiaries are comes forward to take up the schemes in poultry sector.