Rs 66 crore for free fodder for Sheep: Talasani

Hyderabad, March.31 : Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Talasani Srinivas Yadav today said the State government will spend Rs 66 crore to provide free fodder for sheep during summer.

Addressing the media at the Secretariat here on Saturday, the minister maintained that the State government has taken a decision to provide fodder for sheep free of cost. He also said the officials were asked to spend Rs 66 crore for the purpose and ensure timely fodder supply to the farmers who obtained sheep units in all districts.

Srinivas Yadav said the government was determined to boost the economy of Yadavas in the State and the scheme was proving handy. The officials have so far distributed 53 lakh sheep among identified 2,53,785 beneficiaries in the State. They were also asked to provide timely healthcare by supplying four bags of fodder will be given to each sheep unit and construct 17,000 water tubs near sheep sheds and built about 3000 water tubs so far.

The Minister said that the sheep sheds will get 90 per cent subsidy besides providing insurance facility. This will ensure that the farmers can claim the insurance amount of Rs 6 lakhs, if the sheep dies due to accidents. Srinivas Yadav said that the government is keen to encourage meat exports from the state and Telangana make better business. A plan is on cards to provide training and set up Sheep production unit at Mamidipally in Ranga Reddy district he said adding that subsidy seeds will be offered in this regard.

Principal Secretary Sandeep Kumar Sultania was present.

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