800 mini-sheep farms allocated to tribal youth: Dr Shahid
Posted on 04 Oct 2021 | Author RK News
Srinagar, October 03: The J&K Tribal Affairs Department has launched an ambitious plan to provide gainful employment for 10,000 tribal youth, in addition to a number of skills development courses and employment opportunities. Phase I of the Sheep Mini-Farm Program was officially launched with a draw among applicants in various districts conducted by the Sheep Breeding Department. In phase I of the sheep breeding program, 1,500 young were selected.
The mini sheep farm program launched by the Tribal Affairs Department aimed to create 1,500 mini sheep farms this year, followed by a 30% addition each year. The program foresees the creation of more than 10,000 sheep breeding units in the next 4 years. Sheep Husbandry Department implements the program with the active participation of tribal farmers. An outreach program has also been launched by the Sheep Husbandry Department to elicit greater response from areas of tribal concentration.
Over 6,000 applications were received in various districts under the flagship program which was launched in 13 districts for the establishment of 835 mini sheep farms. The program is 100% funded by the Tribal Affairs Department of J&K. A total of 5,225 applicants were deemed eligible under the program and a raffle was conducted in the 13 districts, selecting 835 young tribals for the establishment of sheep farms. In addition, each district also maintained a 10% waiting list of eligible tribal youth. The raffle was supervised by district sheep farming officers in the presence of DDC members, BDC presidents and PRI members. Sheep Husbandry manager, Kashmir / Jammu oversees the flagship program.
Department of Tribal Affairs Secretary Dr Shahid Iqbal Choudhary informed that, under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor J&K, the UT administration had previously launched an ambitious plan to provide paid employment to 10,000 young people. tribals this year, which involved the creation of 1,500 mini two-sided sheep farms. He further informed that the Department is working on a process to establish 500 dairy farms and 700 other mini sheep farms under the program, with the exception of 17 dairy villages and support for the purchase of dairy facilities. milk cooling, packaging and transport units.
The draw took place in 13 districts covered by Phase-I which include Samba, Kathua, Doda, Reasi, Poonch, Rajouri, Srinagar, Shopian, Kupwara, Anantnag, Ganderbal, Pulwama and Kulgam while the remaining districts will be covered through Phase-II later this year. Programs include the establishment of sheep units as well as related infrastructure, insurance, veterinary care, market linkages and skills development.
Relevantly, two young people will be trained for each aspect of the sheep farm as part of the skills development of Mission Youth, offering opportunities for adding value and links with the market. The Agriculture Skill Council of India has been commissioned by the Department of Tribal Affairs to provide training to 1,500 phase I youth in coordination with Mission Youth and J&K Skill Development Mission. Financial institutions have also been mobilized to provide financial support to young tribals wishing to establish larger sheep farms with 200 to 500 head of cattle.