Livestock has been an integral avenue for a farmer’s income. The Indian government, over the last couple of years, has paid heed to the need for schemes in place to optimise farmer’s opportunities in the livestock realm. In the rural areas of the country, feeding and rearing livestock is major challenge farmers face, especially when they themselves accumulate such meagre incomes that they can barely put anything up for themselves.
The Uttarakhand government has, bearing in mind the troubles its farmers go through, has launched the Mukhyamantri Ghasiyari Kalyan scheme – a way for farmers to improve their income and not have livestock dig into their personal finances.
About the Mukhyamantri Ghasiyari Kalyan Scheme
The scheme funded by the Uttarakhand government will free nearly three and a half lakh women from the burden of foraging for the animals and will also contribute to the improvisation of the farmer’s economy.
The scheme aims to enhance farmer income by also increasing milk prices by ₹1.30 so that milk producers get a better profit margin in the long run, which also compensates for the expenses they have to incur to have to look after cattle.
The impact of the scheme is such that it has made matters better for women in Uttarakhand who do not have to climb mountaintops to forage for the cattle. The plan also aims to plant corn crops on 2,000 acres of land, to benefit farmer incomes. Maize or corn is a good diet for animals and would also save expenses on the farmers.
Salient features of the Uttarakhand Ghasiyari Kalyan Yojana
- Under the implementation of the scheme, women no longer have to travel far and wide for things like charpatti – a diet of leaves fed to cattle.
- Livestock farmers will have packed silage along with TMR (Total Mixed Rations) in their homes.
- The goal is to free women from the task of having to chop fodder
- There would also be a double benefit as animal health and milk production will improve with this nutritious diet fed to them.
- With this, cattle will no longer be left on the streets and this would greatly contribute to the cleanliness of the state.
- More than 2,000 farmers’ families will be roped into the benefits of the scheme so as to collectively cooperate cultivation of corn on more than 2,000 acres of land. There will be arrangements made to provide a fair price to corn growers also.
Summing it up
With the scheme in effect, farmers in Uttarakhand now have a fair chance of increasing their income and ensuring that rearing cattle does not affect their personal finances – which is already in a precarious situation.
Farmers will now have more disposable income which they can use for the betterment of their living standards and can also invest in their future, which will end the cycle of poverty for themselves and the generations after them.