Special Correspondent

"Rural youth should utilise Government schemes"

VELLORE: The Director, Centre for Animal Health Studies, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), Chennai, B. Murali Manohar called upon farmers to produce value-added livestock products to maximise their profits.

Speaking at the inaugural function of a workshop-cum-exhibition on "Employment Opportunities through Livestock Farming" here on Friday, Dr. Murali Manohar said that India topped the world in animal population and there was tremendous scope for the educated unemployed rural youth to go in for self-employment in the livestock industry and they should use Government schemes.

The self-employment avenues open to them include Japanese quail farming, rabbit rearing, piggery, pisciculture, production of animal feeds and profitable utilisation of poultry wastes.

Livestock-based business was one of the factors that would contribute to economic development in rural areas. Vellore Collector Dharmendra Pratap Yadav, who inaugurated the exhibition, appealed to the farmers to make use of the loan facilities from the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. V. Thiagarajan, Registrar, TANUVAS, who inaugurated the workshop, said that Tamil Nadu made an annual turnover of Rs.6,000 crore through livestock farming.

Financial assistance

He called upon the livestock farmers to undergo training at the workshop, submit project reports and obtain financial assistance to start self-employment ventures.

G. Thulasi, Director of Extension Education, TANUVAS, said that according to a survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Organisation, more than 70 per cent of the people in India consumed meat and meat-based products. Therefore, there was an excellent scope for the unemployed youth to earn profits by taking to livestock farming.

D. Baskaran, Programme Coordinator and Associate Professor and Head, Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, Vellore welcomed. The workshop was organised jointly by the TANUVAS and the Veterinary University Training and Research Centre, Vellore, for the farmers, self-help group members and livestock entrepreneurs.