GUIDELINES / PRECAUTIONS  IN CYCLONES

PRE-CYCLONE PREPAREDNESS:
  1. The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration on receipt of the forecast information on the occurrence of cyclone or floods in a particular area of the district will alert the field functionaries to take steps
  • to inform the livestock owners/farmers to evacuate their livestock to uplands
  • to let loose the animals to protect them in order to minimize the livestock losses.
  • The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall arrange to obtain and keep sufficient quantity of vaccines as a forecast requirement with the knowledge of previous demand.
  • The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall steps to procure sufficient quantities of medicines and stock at strategic places.
  • The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall constitute Veterinary Teams consisting of (1) one Veterinary Assistant Surgeon/ (1) One Para Staff and (1 or 2) One or Two Attenders or as the case may be.
  • First aid kits shall be made available for each team with emergency medicines to take care of affected Livestock.
  • The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall take steps to identify the availability of dry and green fodder in the nearby villages so as to make arrangements to procure and supply to the affected areas in exigencies.
  • The local Animal Husbandry Officers shall take necessary action to tackle the eventuality with Co-ordination of local Gram Panchayat/ Municipality/ Social Organizations/Non Governmental Organizations etc.
  • Out of the total budget allocated towards medicines 15% is earmarked for meeting the exigencies.
DURING CYCLONE:
  1. The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall keep in touch with Weather bulletins broadcasted through all media
  2. The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall alert all the field functionaries to be available at the respective Head Quarters and shall recall the staff who are on leave by canceling the leave.
  3. The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall watch the cyclone movement in order to alert the field functionaries.
  4. The field staff shall be available at the Head Quarters and immediately after the cyclone hits, and visit all the affected villages and provide treatment to all the ailing animals
  5. The field staff shall obtain the information on Livestock losses, building losses and Fodder losses and report to their Divisional Assistant Directors (AH) immediately without delay. They should also be in close liaison with the Revenue Officials.
  6. The Divisional Assistant Directors (AH) shall keep in close touch with the field staff and Revenue Department and take their help wherever needed including Vaccines and Medicines.
  7. The field staff shall report daily on damage to infrastructure related to the department, livestock losses, veterinary relief operations taken up and loss of fodder crops etc., to the concerned Joint Directors (AH) who in turn shall submit consolidated report to their respective District Collectors immediately and to the Director of Animal Husbandry.
  8. To monitor the relief operations and to guide the field functionaries and to record and report, Monitoring Cells shall be constituted at divisional, district and state level. 

 POST CYCLONE:

  1. Once Cyclone recedes, the field staff/veterinary teams formed shall visit all the approachable villages and take up treatment of injured and ailing animals.
  2. The veterinary teams shall conduct preventive vaccinations against contagious diseases in the area.
  3. The veterinary teams shall advise the local administration i.ePanchayatRaj bodies and revenue officials to take up prompt disposal of carcasses to prevent epidemics.
  4. The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall assess the availability of fodder stocks in the affected area and plan for procuring green/dry fodder from the neighboring areas so as to supply to the affected areas/organization of cattle camps if necessary.
  5. The field staff shall assess the value of damaged infrastructure related to the department, livestock losses and fodder crops etc., and report to the divisional Assistant Director (AH) /District administration as per the proforma communicated by head office.
  6. The field staff shall advise the farmers on management of livestock especially on the spread of diseases in such eventualities through possible media.
  7. The Joint Director (AH) I/C District administration shall prepare consolidated report on the value of damaged infrastructure related to the department, livestock losses and fodder crops etc., and also the relief operations taken up and report to the Directorate of Animal Husbandry by FAX, e-mail or by telephone daily.
  8. Preparation of contingency action plan covering immediate/permanent relief to the affected shall be taken up by the district administration.
  9. Advise the district Agriculture Department to propose fodder yielding /fodder crops in their alternate contingency plans.
  10. Advise the PR Bodies to provide safe drinking water to the livestock of affected areas by way of constructing water troughs

NORMS OF ASSISTANCE FROM THE CALAMITY RELIEF FUND (CRF) AND THE NATIONAL CALAMITY CONTINGENCY FUND (NCCF):

Assistance to small and marginal farmers/agricultural labourers:

(i). Replacement of draught animals, milch animals or animals used for haulage

Milch Animal

  • Buffalos/cow/camel / yak etc @ Rs.10,000/-
  • Sheep / Goat @ Rs.1000/-

Draught Animals:

  • Camel/horse/bullock etc. @ Rs.10,000/-
  • Calf, Donkey and Pony @ Rs.5000/-

The assistance may be restricted for the actual loss of economically productive animals and will be subject to a ceiling of 1 large animal or 4 small milch animals or 1 large draught animal or 2 small draught animals per household irrespective of whether a household has lost a larger number of animals. (The loss is to e certified by the Competent Authority designated by the State Government).

Poultry:

Poultry @ Rs.30/- per bird subject to a ceiling of assistance of Rs.300/- per beneficiary household.  The death of the poultry birds should be on account of the notified natural calamity.

Note: Relief under these norms is not eligible if the assistance is available from any other Government Scheme, e.g. loss of birds due to Avian Influenza or any  other diseases for which the Department of Animal Husbandry has a separate scheme for compensating the poultry owners.

(ii). Provision of fodder / feed concentrate in the cattle camps:

      • Large animals – Rs. 20/- per day
      • Small animals – Rs.10/- per day

Period for providing assistance:

i). Notified Calamities other than drought:  Up to a maximum period of 15 days

ii).  Drought: Up to 60 days and in case of severe drought up to 90 days.  In case the drought situation persists beyond 90 days, the State Level Committee shall, after a detailed review, decide the further period for which relief can be provided from NCCF, on a month to month basis, co terminus with the actual period of scarcity / onset of rains.

iii). Water supply in cattle camps: to be assessed by the State Level Committee for assistance to be provided from CRF and by the Central Team for assistance to be provided from NCCF.

iv). Additional cost of medicines and vaccine (calamity related requirement): to be assessed by the State Level Committee for assistance to be provided from CRF and by the Central Team for assistance to be provided from NCCF.

v). Supply of fodder outside the cattle camps: Additional expenditure on transport of fodder from the approved fodder depot to neutralize calamity related price rise to be provided under CRF and as per the assessment of Central Team for assistance to be provided under NCCF.

vi). Movement of useful cattle to other areas: to be assessed by the State Level Committee for assistance to be provided from CRF and by the Central Team for assistance to be provided from NCCF.