Mainstreaming sheep development program boosts animal husbandry business in JK’s Udhampur region – ThePrint
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 Department of Animal Husbandry and Sheep Husbandry provided us with 10 goats and 10 we already had. We are reaping huge profits and today we have about 60 to 70 goats. Every year we are able to sell ghee around 2-2.5 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 sheep and goat units in the Jaganoo block under the scheme. Previously, people here had to migrate to cities to find jobs, but now, with the help of government programs, 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 in the Livestock Department of Jaganoo Block, 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 are also providing ranchers with timely assistance through livestock dosing, deworming and dipping. We also vaccinate livestock against various diseases in a timely manner. In the event of a problem or an epidemic, we provide the farmers with all the necessary assistance so that they suffer minimum losses and can generate maximum income, which will further help them to develop 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)
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