Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: In a fresh decision, the government has made “pavala vaddi” applicable to loans taken by families belonging to weaker sections to set up small dairy, sheep-rearing and poultry units too with a view to giving the necessary boost to rural economy.

The decision, taken by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy while reviewing the activities of the Animal Husbandry Department here on Tuesday, will allow the low-interest benefit on loans if the beneficiary set up a dairy unit with 50 milch animals/heifers or a sheep-rearing shed with 100 sheep/goats or a poultry unit with at least 5,000 broiler birds.

Briefing reporters later, Animal Husbandry Minister M. Buddha Prasad said a 50 per cent subsidy would be allowed to the beneficiaries on each of 1.33 lakh milch animals being purchased from other States this year at a cost of Rs. 191 crore under “Pasu Kranthi”. Similarly, under Jeeva Kranthi scheme, taken up to encourage sheep-rearing units, sheep and goats would be supplied to 30,000 families at a cost of Rs. 27 crores. Twenty sheep-market yards would be built in the State with Rs. 5 crores.

Mr. Prasad said the work on the Rs. 75-crore Phase I of Indira Gandhi Centre for Advanced Research in Livestock, being set up at Pulivendula in Kadapa district as a world class institution, had been commenced and the administrative building would be ready by December. Work would begun shortly on the Rs. 96-crore Phase II, comprising research block.

The meeting resolved to distribute two-wheelers and battery-run tri-cycles with 50 per cent subsidy to facilitate beneficiaries to sell fish in residential areas.

The Minister said a “mahila dairy”, which would be run exclusively by women, would be set up at Pulivendula.