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100 farmers to benefit from livestock project

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Thiruvananthapuram: As many as 100 farmers across the district will soon become partners in an integrated livestock development programme to enhance the production of milk, eggs and meat. The project is expected to become fully functional this month.

The farmers, to be grouped into 10 units, will be supplied with buffalo, turkey and chicken by the Department of Animal Husbandry under the State-level programme titled Jeevarekha. They will also be encouraged to cultivate fodder.

District Animal Husbandry Officer N.Ajayan told The Hindu that the selection of beneficiaries for the programme had been completed. “Three of the 10 units have already started functioning. We expect to commence supply of livestock and poultry to the remaining units this month itself.”

Each beneficiary farmer in Thiruvananthapuram will be provided with a buffalo, two turkeys, 10 chicks, a bank loan of Rs.35,570 and subsidy of Rs.14,228.

The Jeevarekha State-level programme involves the distribution of high-yielding species of cows, goats, buffaloes, hens, turkeys and ducks to a total of 6,860 farmers in 14 districts.

The beneficiaries can avail themselves of any one of three schemes formulated under the integrated programme.

A farmer opting for the first scheme will get a cow, two goats, 10 chicks and assistance for fodder cultivation — a total package of Rs.36,615. As many as 450 units are to be established in various districts under this scheme.

The second scheme involves distribution of a buffalo, 10 ducklings and aid for fodder farming, together worth Rs.35,370. A total of 1250 farmers will become beneficiaries of this scheme.

The 10 units sanctioned for Thiruvananthapuram district are part of the 111 falling into the third scheme.

Farmers opting for each scheme will have to group themselves into units of 10 each to avail themselves of the assistance. The cattle distributed will be given veterinary treatment and insurance free of cost.

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