Animal Husbandary

Accelerating livestock development:
Livestock are source of vital supplementary income for sustenance of poor in rural areas. No wonder, Animal Husbandry (AH) has emerged as an ideal agro-allied occupation for farmers. Dairy development is one of the preferred activities of small, marginal farmers and landless as it provides continuous income with shorter gestation period. Despite potential, milk production in Dhule district has remained well below installed capacities of dairy plants. Consequently, the programme has initiated different measures in this sector with emphasis on increasing production as well as better earning. Since the extension support required for livestock management is inadequate to meet growing demand, activities such as organizing animal vaccination camps, provision of animal health care at the door step, promoting dry land fisheries and assisting farmers for fodder development are initiated.
Induction of New Breed:
DBMGF focusses on inducting livestock of superior breed that are also adaptive to local eco system. Therefore, buffaloes of Murrah variety were introduced in the area. About 4504 cattle are inducted. Apart from programme assistance of 5 to 10 per cent, rest of the amount contributed by the beneficiary farmers availing micro finance loan. These farmers have gone through training on livestock management. Further, instructions have been given to them for proper maintenance of the buffaloes for realizing higher productivity. This includes construction of proper shade, installation of feed tray and water tub. Currently, construction of animal shades is common sight in the adopted villages and they are happily bearing the cost for it.
Goat farming and backyard poultry can provide vital monetary support to small farmers and landless. Till date, 2864 goats units were provided to disadvantaged goat farmers under the programme.
Dairy Development:
Dairy development is notable drive in this sector. Farmers are motivated to adopt dairy farming through exposure visits to successful dairy projects and training on dairy and livestock management.

Sr.No.
Activity
Achievement up to Mar 2017
Achievement in the year 2017-18
Cumulative Achievement
Nos. of units
Family coverage
Nos. of units
Family coverage
Nos. of units
Family coverage
Reach
Up-gradation
Reach
Up-gradation
Reach
Up-gradation
1
Cattle induction
4479
4479
4479
25
25
25
4504
4504
4504
2
Poultry
2067
2067
2067
278
278
278
2345
2345
2345
3
Goatry
1267
1267
1267
1373
1373
1373
2640
2640
2640
4
Fishary
419
419
419
0
0
0
419
419
419
5
Fodder Development
2733
2733
0
0
0
0
2733
2733
0
6
Dairy resource village
277
277
0
0
0
0
277
277
0
7
Training & exposures
8391
8391
0
749
749
0
9140
9140
0
Grand Total
19633
19633
 8232
2425
2425
1676
 22058
22058
9908

 

Fodder Development:
The nutritive value of feed and fodder has a significant bearing on productivity of livestock. Availability of fodder is critical for livestock development. Unobtainability of dry and especially of green fodderin summer discourages farmers from increasing their livestock. The nutritive value of feed and fodder hasa significant bearing on productivity of livestock.With increasing pressure on land for growing food grains, oil seeds and pulses, production of fodder crops take a back seat. Consequently, the area under fodder cultivation has remained static on account of preference of farmers for more remunerative crops.Further, due to diverse use of agriculture residues,the gap between the demand and supply of fodder is widening. Hence, producing high yielding varieties of fodder seed to make fodder production more the farmers on a wider scale. In order to increase fodder availability in the area plantation of green grass. Around 2733 farmers are now cultivating fodder crops on about 538 Hectares of their land with seeds and technology support from the programme.