The government has launched ‘Rural Backyard Sheep, Goat and Piggery Scheme’ under the aegis of Animal husbandry department. Under the scheme, the central government will provide 60 per cent of the cost of rearing goal, sheep and pigs while the state government will give 30 per cent for this scheme. The farmers will have to bear the remaining 10 per cent.
According to the scheme, sheep and goat rearers will need to deposit Rs. 6600 and pig rearing beneficiaries have to deposit Rs. 2100 in their account opened under the scheme. The remaining funds of the scheme will be deposited through RTGS in the same account. The animal husbandry department has allocated a target of 30-30 for sheep, goat and 50 pigs per farmer.
Animal husbandry is the fastest-growing agri-business not only in India but across the globe. After farming, animal husbandry is considered as the second most important source of income for farmers. Through cattle, goat and sheep rearing, farmers can easily earn better income or double their earning capacity.
The ‘Rural Backyard Sheep, Goat and Piggery Scheme’ has already been started in the state of Uttar Pradesh which will run under the supervision of Animal Husbandry Department.
Under this scheme, the cost of sheep and goat rearing project has been fixed at 66 thousand rupees while the pig rearing project at 21 thousand rupees per unit. Those who have goat/sheep/pig rearing can submit their application to the block level veterinary officer through village Pradhan and the beneficiaries will be shortlisted by the district level selection committee.