Integration of Sheep Development Scheme Gives Boost to Livestock Business in Udhampur by JK
Update: February 15, 2022 11:41 am STI
Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]Feb 15 (ANI): Livestock farming, a branch of agriculture, has become a decoy business in Jammu and Kashmir due to its ability to generate profit and low investment.
In a bid to promote the establishment of sheep and goat units in the union territory, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has launched the Integrated Sheep Development Program in 2020. A budget of around Rs 10 crore has also been sanctioned for the program.
Residents of Chhapar village in Jaganoo block of Udhampur have already started enjoying the benefits of the scheme and are reaping huge profits.
Speaking to ANI, one of the beneficiaries said, “The Animal Husbandry and Sheep Department provided us with 10 goats and 10 we already had. We are reaping huge benefits from this and today we have about 60-70 goats. to sell ghee from around 2 to 2.5 lakh. The department also provided us with ewes and even lambs. We are very happy to do this work.
Villagers buy sheep and goats under the scheme, which is also in line with PM Modi’s mission to double farmers’ incomes.
“There are about six units of sheep and goats in Jaganoo block under the scheme. Previously, people here had to migrate to cities to find jobs, but now, with the help of government schemes, they are reaping huge benefits. First, it has reduced migration, and second, it has increased the inclination of people towards the livestock sector,” said Dr. Vikrant Raina, Veterinary Assistant at the Department of Livestock Jaganoo block of Udhampur.
Raina further said that the program contributes to the realization of Prime Minister Modi’s vision of doubling farmers’ incomes as it increases farmers’ income they generate by practicing agriculture.
“We also provide livestock keepers with timely assistance through livestock dosing, deworming and dipping. We also vaccinate livestock against various diseases in a timely manner. In case of any problem or epidemic, we provide livestock keepers with all the ‘they experience minimum losses and can generate maximum revenue, which will further help them grow their business,’ he added.
Even after having huge potential and conducive environment for sheep and goat farming, Jammu and Kashmir still faced a large gap between demand and supply of sheep.
However, with the introduction of the Integrated Sheep Development Scheme, the production of sheep has increased by around 12 lakh kg and has also proven to be a life changing scheme for the herders as they are now getting quality breeds that produce enough wool and sheep, says Raina.
The Integrated Sheep Development Scheme is an innovative initiative by the government to complement and supplement existing and new schemes in the Union Territory as well as the center which promotes animal husbandry. Under this program, a total of 25 sheep or 10 goats are provided free of charge to beneficiaries.
According to the Sheep Department of Jammu and Kashmir, by the end of March 2022, 921 sheep and goat units will be established under the scheme, providing direct employment to 5,954 people in the territory.
And then from the third year of establishment, the Animal and Sheep Breeding service collects five or two female ewes or goats from each beneficiary for the next five years until the herd is fully recovered. (ANI)