R. Vimal Kumar
A four-month-old rabbit will weigh
about 2.5 kg. A kg costs Rs. 130
Tirupur: N. Loganathan (43), a third generation farmer cultivating vegetables and coconut at the calm and scenic Rangaigoundenpalayam village on the outskirts of Tirupur city, has every reason to be jubilant.
His decision to venture into rabbit rearing a few years ago to give value-addition to his farm earnings is now paying him rich dividends.
“Earnings from crops being seasonal, I decided to take up rabbit rearing alongside my inherited profession after coming to know of the potential for its meat which is protein rich (about 20 per cent),” he told The Hindu.
Started with small investment, Mr. Loganathan is now selling not less than 50 rabbits a month with sales crossing 100 rabbits on peak seasons. He rears the rabbits in cages made of welded wire meshes adjacent to his house.
“At present, six male and 20 female rabbits are used for rearing,” he said.
Learning the economics of meat, he concentrates on selling four month old rabbits, each weighing about 2.5 kg.
“Since families have become nuclear, medium sized rabbits are satisfying their consumption needs,” he says. With every kg of meat fetches Rs. 130 in the market, the farmer is now able to make at least about Rs. 17,000 a month from rabbit rearing alone in addition to the earnings from his four acre farm.
The great advantage of rabbit rearing, according to Mr. Loganathan, is the minimal expenditure incurred for setting up the business and small space required for its rearing.
Moreover, he feeds the rabbits with leaves and waste vegetable available from his farm.
“Hence, profitability is high owing to the huge incomes,” he said.
With orders coming even from star hotels, Mr. Loganathan is now planning to expand rabbit rearing by introducing 30 more female rabbits and another five male rabbits.
He can be contacted over phone: 97880-97630.