Organized Marketing of Small Ruminants

The AHD with the help of an accomplished NGO/Company/any other legal entity as SP will carry out intensive social mobilization programs creating Common Interest Groups (CIGs) / PGs of SR breeders in four  districts of Sangli, Ahmednagar, Pune and Satara promoting the formation of CIGs. These CIGs will form new SR Federation/ SR farmers’ P.A linking them to the small ruminant market yards in Karjat (Ahmednagar Dist.), Atpadi (Sangli Dist.), Dound (Pune Dist.) and Dahiwadi (Satara Dist.) respectively.

Each CIG will have some 15 SR farmers as members and a total of 600 CIGs together in the four districts will be formed at the rate of 150 per year over the 4 project years. The SP will also help improve the breeding and husbandry practices in SR Flocks through skill / technology training / capacity building. The SP will also be responsible for linking the CIGs to the Market yards and will help streamline bulk marketing of small ruminants through promotions, melas, internet networking and electronic media. Thus total of 9000 SR farmers will be covered under this program.

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The AHD with the help of an accomplished NGO/Company/any other legal entity as SP will carry out intensive social mobilization programs creating Common Interest Groups (CIGs) / PGs of SR breeders in four  districts of Sangli, Ahmednagar, Pune and Satara promoting the formation of CIGs. These CIGs will form new SR Federation/ SR farmers’ P.A linking them to the small ruminant market yards in Karjat (Ahmednagar Dist.), Atpadi (Sangli Dist.), Dound (Pune Dist.) and Dahiwadi (Satara Dist.) respectively.

Each CIG will have some 15 SR farmers as members and a total of 600 CIGs together in the four districts will be formed at the rate of 150 per year over the 4 project years. The SP will also help improve the breeding and husbandry practices in SR Flocks through skill / technology training / capacity building. The SP will also be responsible for linking the CIGs to the Market yards and will help streamline bulk marketing of small ruminants through promotions, melas, internet networking and electronic media. Thus total of 9000 SR farmers will be covered under this program.

PIU (AHD) will procure SP, issue the contract and  payment will be made by Deputy Commissioner AHD. The costs of training under this activity is embedded in the ATMA budget of Sangli, Ahmednagar, Pune and Satara Districts. The SR Farmers for support will be identified by the SP / Livestock Development Officer (LDO) / Livestock Extension Officer (LEO) of the AHD in consultation with the Gram Sabha. 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 organised marketing of live animals for breeding / meat purposes. On an average one farmer has 10 sheeps as he is a small/ marginal farmer & his main source of livelihood is sheep herd. Around 15 farmers in one village will form one CIG/PG and there will be total of 600 CIGs in 600 villages. These farmers will be provided with three bucks per CIG (per village). In each village there will be only 3 buck to be provided and one farmer will get one buck. The farmer getting the buck will recover service charges from the other members of the group availing services of the buck. The bucks will be procured by CIGs on Community Procurement basis with the technical support of SP and AHD. Performance of breeding buck will be measured on kidding basis. The training will be provided by AHD, however the funds will be given to them through ATMA.
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