Department of Animal Husbandry Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services, Sikkim
The Department of Animal Husbandry Livestock Fisheries and Veterinary Services is one of the important Technical departments of the Government of Sikkim which came into existence as a separate department from April, 1975. The Department is headed by Commissioner cum Secretary under the Charge of Minister of Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services and the technical section is headed by Principal Director and two Directors. The district administration is headed by Joint director beside which the department has the technical cells headed by Joint Directors viz: Breeding Cell , Disease Investigation Cell , Feed & Fodder Cell and Extension & Training Cell.
Animal Husbandry sector is the major source of the supplementary income for the rural households. Livestock production had always been an integral part of the rural livelihood in Sikkim. The livestock wealth of Sikkim still constitutes a natural resource base with immense livelihood implications. The contribution of the livestock sector to the state NSDP is around 6% to 7%.