For the first time in Tirupur district, a farmer’s club is to be formed of agrarian community involved in rearing of goats and sheep in an attempt to promote marketing of meat and meat products through a consortium approach.

The proposed club will be constituted by involving farmers from Arumuthampalayam village under an initiative conceptualised by Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.

“Formation of the club will be done in association with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD),” R. Selvaraj, head of Veterinary University Training and Research Centre under the university, told The Hindu here.

As part of the project, it has been planned to set up a modern meat stall in the city to sell the meat and meat products directly to urban customers.

“Such an outlet will thus increase the earnings of farmers as middlemen normally involved in the sale of chevon and mutton will be avoided,” Dr. Selvaraj pointed out.

The formation of the farmer’s club has a plethora of benefits since it could effectively coordinate with the banks and ensure better credit flow among the farmers in Arumuthampalayam village.

Dr. Selvaraj said that to ensure professionalism and give value-addition in the marketing of the meat products, members of the farmer’s club would be trained on ‘portioning,’ ‘dressing,’ and ‘packaging’ of the meat.

He pointed out that expenses for formation and maintenance of the club and for organising meet-the-expert programmes during the first three years would be met by NABARD.

A modern meat stall will be set up in Tirupur soon