60,000 green houses to be constructed this year: Minister

Livestock:Beneficiaries with the goats at a function held at Koduvilarpatti village near Bodinaickanur in Theni district on Sunday.— Photo: G. Karthikeyan  

A total of 60,000 green houses meant for the poor in the State will be constructed this year, said Finance Minister O. Paneerselvam.

Inaugurating a free veterinary camp at Koduvilarpatti village near here on Sunday, he said that 1.20 lakh houses had been constructed in the last two years and handed over to beneficiaries. Construction of the next batch of houses was under progress and they would be handed over to the beneficiaries shortly, he added. The State Government has been spending Rs.43,000 crore, one fourth of the total budget, for social security schemes to uplift the poor. Distribution of goats and cows to the poor was to ensure additional income to farmers and boost rural economy.

Around 14,548 goats were distributed to beneficiaries in the district in 2011-12 of these 4,312 goats were pregnant and 4,343 goats have delivered lambs in a year. Value of goats has multiplied by 50 per cent within a year, he added.

Veterinarians have visited the beneficiary villages periodically and administered vaccines and de-worming medicines to the cattle. They have also taught farmers preventive measures to be taken to protect goats and cattle from diseases. Besides, SHGs were roped in for fodder production to meet the growing demand for animal feed. Quarter acre of land in villages are being allotted to raise fodder, he pointed out.

Collector K.S. Palanisamy said that 324 goats were given to 81 beneficiaries at Koduvilarpatti village and 116 goats to 29 beneficiaries at Kuppinaickenpatti village.