A big bonanza for the shepherds in Telangana as today the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao launched the massive sheep distribution scheme in Gajwel. The scheme is set to transform livestock economy through the strengthening of farmers and allied traditional occupations in the villages.
“It is very shameful that despite the presence of a population of 30 lakh Golla and Kuruma people, Telangana is importing nearly 650 lorries of sheep from various parts of the country, including Rajasthan. We are confident that these communities will create an economy of Rs 25,000 crore in the State within a period of three years. But, we want them to follow the government’s guidelines and take care of their sheep distributed today,” KCR said.
The plan is to give 20 sheep and a ram to every Yadav and Golla Kuruma family in the state. It would mean distributing 15 million sheep in two years for Rs 10,000 crore so as to bring every Golla – Kuruma community under the scheme.
Not only is the stock being sourced from other states, but grass is being planted on 46 lakh acres of land to ensure enough fodder and 100 mobile veterinary clinics are set up.
A toll-free number (1962) for the shepherds was also inaugurated on the occasion by KCR while distributing the sheep to 825 beneficiaries in his Gajwel Assembly constituency.
KCR urged landowners among the sheep rearing communities to diversify and take up farming using the government’s support to the sector.