Demonstration cum Production Units

Goat as a High Value Enterprise (Yeotmal District in Vidarbha and Beed District in Marathwada):
 
The AHD will promote the concept of Goat as a high value enterprise in the demonstration mode using the well endowed farmers in the two districts of Yeotmal and Beed and under the guidance and control of the ATMAs as pilots. The activity will be implemented with the help of Service Provider (SP). For both the activities i.e. support to SR farmers and demonstration cum production unit, the same NGO /Company /any other legal entity will be handling the activity.

One hectare of irrigated land can raise 100 Osmanabadi / or other large breeds of goats on high quality and high yielding cultivated fodder. The ideal fodder combination will be Hybrid Napier variety CO 3 and Desmanthes Virgates (Hedge Lucerne) yielding 100 M.T. of grass / legume mix per ha per year. Meat production will be based on the cultivated fodder and will have outputs of 2.5 MT of chevon (goat meat) per ha with net return of over Rs.2,00,000/- per ha annually.

The SP with the technical support of AHD will identify 250 farmers from each district under the program. Selection criteria for selection of these farmers (demonstration units) will be -

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Goat as a High Value Enterprise (Yeotmal District in Vidarbha and Beed District in Marathwada):
 
The AHD will promote the concept of Goat as a high value enterprise in the demonstration mode using the well endowed farmers in the two districts of Yeotmal and Beed and under the guidance and control of the ATMAs as pilots. The activity will be implemented with the help of Service Provider (SP). For both the activities i.e. support to SR farmers and demonstration cum production unit, the same NGO /Company /any other legal entity will be handling the activity.

One hectare of irrigated land can raise 100 Osmanabadi / or other large breeds of goats on high quality and high yielding cultivated fodder. The ideal fodder combination will be Hybrid Napier variety CO 3 and Desmanthes Virgates (Hedge Lucerne) yielding 100 M.T. of grass / legume mix per ha per year. Meat production will be based on the cultivated fodder and will have outputs of 2.5 MT of chevon (goat meat) per ha with net return of over Rs.2,00,000/- per ha annually.

The SP with the technical support of AHD will identify 250 farmers from each district under the program. Selection criteria for selection of these farmers (demonstration units) will be -

  • Farmers should have 0.50 to 2.00 acres of irrigated land.
  • He should have 20 Does for breeding. These does should be stall fed.
  • The farmer should be willing to share 50% cost of buck and rotatory chaff cutter.
AHD with the help of the SP will promote goat for meat as one of the highest value enterprise for diversification for the well endowed farmers in these two districts. This would be a demonstration programme using farmers with 0.50 to 2.00 Acres of irrigated land. Total number of 500 units (250 units per district) at the rate of 125 units per year over the 4 project years would be covered in 2 selected districts. Each unit owner should have a minimum of 20 Does for breeding and would get ready for the market one-year-old 20 goats born in the unit, both male & female, per year. The Demonstration Units will raise their small ruminant flocks exclusively as stall fed animals, primarily on cut/ chopped home produced grass/ legume mix (a combination of Hybrid Napier CO3 variety and Desmanthes virgates: Hedge Lucerne).

This sub-component will be implemented by District Animal Husbandry Officer of the AHD under the guidance and control of ATMA. SP for this program will provide social mobilization and extension support. Participating Farmers will be identified by the DAHO / SP with the help of the ATMA and the Gramsabha of the area. Identified SR farmers will be trained in batches of 25, by the SP in the KVK arranged by the ATMA / AHD for a period of 7 days on good husbandry practices, selection and management of bucks and breeding does, first aid, health care / disease prevention, cultivation of high yielding fodder crops and organized marketing of live animals for breeding / meat purposes.

One breeding buck will be supported at 50% project share basis. The bucks will be procured by the identified farmers with the technical support of SP and district level officer of AHD.
The selected farmers will be supplied with fodder seed (10 to 12 kg per acre) and fertilizer (having 2 bags of urea) on one time basis with the cost of Rs. 1,000/- per unit. Procurement of seeds and fertilizers will be done by ATMA by following World Bank procedure.

Once these demonstration units start functioning AHD and ATMA with the support of SP will organize field trips for the farmers from adjoining districts and for the farmers from same district. Total number of farmers to be covered under filed trips will be 750 from the two districts where demos are organize. These trips will be organized in batches of 30 each. Cost of the trips will be Rs. 1500 per farmer. The SP will arrange slide show and provide all the technical information of demonstration to the farmers so that more number of farmers will take up this enterprise. Special emphasis will be given on adoptability of demonstration by the farmers who paid visit to the demonstration units.

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