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Sheep rearing to get a major boost in Tirunelveli district

P. Sudhakar

Authorities taking steps to disburse Rs. 10-crore loan to farmers and shepherds



CASH COW:Sheep taken for grazing in a village of Tirunelveli district.

TIRUNELVELI: As the district has immense potential for sheep rearing, the authorities have initiated steps to disburse loan to the tune of Rs. 10 crore to farmers and shepherds for this highly lucrative venture.

After successive monsoon failures rendered thousands of farmers and farmhands jobless — particularly those living away from reservoirs, the district administration took steps to provide them with an alternative source of income.

Since it was found that sheep rearing could be a successful venture and potential alternative livelihood, Collector M. Jayaraman persuaded bankers to look into this promising area while exhorting the officials of Department of Animal Husbandry to conduct special veterinary camps in rural areas.

Following the Collector's recommendations, the banks have agreed to release Rs. 10 crore during the current fiscal for sheep rearing. According to Dr. Jayaraman, as many as 276 veterinary camps would be conducted at the cost of Rs. 3.31 lakh in rural parts of Tirunelveli during the current financial year so that the farmers could get appropriate remedy for the cattle diseases and other disorders.

“In States such as Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, a minimum of two cattle form part of every family and these animals effectively augment the family's revenue. You need not give ‘pirandai' (Cissus quadrangularis), salt and dry chillies to your cattle in case of any disease as we send veterinarians to your village itself to conduct veterinary camp. Seizing this opportunity and utilising the whopping sum to be given as loan, the farmers should give due importance to sheep rearing also,” he said.

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