R. Vimal Kumar

Project was introduced to uplift the poor in Tirupur district

Tirupur: The Veterinary University Training and Research Centre (VUTRC) here, under the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS), has commenced a study to evaluate the socio-economic impact of its rotational goat-rearing scheme introduced to uplift poor in the district.

Under the scheme launched six years ago, VUTRC has so far distributed 530 female goats free to as many numbers of families in 23 villages in the district with the funding support of various Lions and Rotary Clubs to improve economic status of rural women and thereby alleviate poverty.

Meat production

The goats are being used by the farmers to breed and increase its population through successive rearing, which in turn will increase the meat production from the district.

R. Selvaraj, Head of VUTRC, told The Hindu that as part of the analysis, various parameters like rate of return for the beneficiaries, average rate of kids produced from a goat in a year and whether the scheme had increased the meat production from the region, among others, would be computed.

“We have started the study at Ugayanoor, Varakottapalayam and Muthanamplayam villages and the remaining villages too will be covered before July 31,” he said.

Drawbacks in the goat rearing practices followed by the beneficiaries noticed in the survey, if any, will be rectified by the VUTRC through special training sessions on ‘care and management of diary animals.’

In addition to this, Dr. Selvaraj said that a total of 500 families were planned to be covered under the similar ‘country fowl rearing scheme’ to be introduced by the VUTRC in the district this fiscal.