KURNOOL: A rake with a consignment of 688 ‘Murra’ buffaloes arrived here on Monday. MP Kotla Jayasurya Prakasa Reddy, legislator M.A. Gafoor and Mayor S. Raghurami Reddy were among those who formally took delivery of the consignment.
The animals will be despatched to different villages in the district under milch cattle improvement programme.
Joint Director of Animal Husbandry Venkata Ramana who supervised the programme said, so far 2,609 ‘Murra’ buffaloes were distributed in the district. Two more rakes would be procured before the end of November taking the total number of cattle to 3,300.
Mr. Venkata Ramana said the cost of each animal worked out to Rs. 33,000 depending upon the milk yield. The animals were procured from Haryana and Punjab. According to the supplier, each animal was expected to give 8-10 litres milk a day. He said under the programme, the Animal Husbandry Department would provide feed at 50 per cent cost for a year which worked to Rs. 500 subsidy per month.
If properly maintained, each animal would provide an income of Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 1,500.
Meanwhile, dairy was emerging as an important economic activity in the district with milk procurement reaching 5.5 lakh litres a day. Of it, 4 lakh litres was collected by Cooperative Dairy and 1.5 lakh litres by private dairies.