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Buffalo farm out of the red

Staff Reporter

Milk production has gone up from 19,000 to 90,000 litres

KOLLAM: The Kuriyottumala Buffalo Breeding Farm at Piravanthur panchayat, near Punalur, which was under threat of closure two years ago following losses, has been successfully revived and made into a profit- making unit.

The efforts of the Kollam District Panchayat and Animal Husbandry Department had contributed towards this.

At a press conference here on Friday, District Panchayat president Aisha Potti said that the farm had also taken up the task of providing training to Kudumbasree units. Last year, the farm could increase its income by five times and provide training to one thousand Kudumbashree members.

It was in 1995 that the farm came under the control of the District Panchayat as part of the decentralisation process. The loss which accumulated since 1996 stood at Rs. 1.63 crores in 2001. The Finance Department then directed that the farm be either closed down or handed over to some other profitable public sector undertaking.

Now, production of milk has increased from 19,000 to 90,000 litres and that green fodder from 38 metric tonnes to 587 metric tonnes.

Dairy unit

The dairy unit of the farm alone has made a profit of Rs. 2.32 lakhs.

Ms. Potti said that the panchayat had implemented schemes valued at Rs. 20 lakhs and those valued at Rs. 25 lakhs for the `Kudumbasree' training programme.

The programmes will be inaugurated by Labour Minister Babu Divakaran at the farm on July 9. Director of Animal Husbandry Department B. Ashok will deliver the keynote address.

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