A one-day Sheep farming and technological workshop was inaugurated by District In-charge Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa at the Sarada Vilas College Centenary Hall in city on Saturday.
The foundation stone for Sheep farmers’ building was also laid on the occasion under the joint aupices of District Administration, Zilla Panchayat and Karantaka Sheep and Wool Development Corporation.
Speaking at the event, Minister for Animal Husbandry A Manju, said the farmers were reaping more benefits through sheep breeding especially through ‘Pashu Bhagya’ scheme introduced by the Siddaramaiah government. In addition, the dairy, poultry and piggery farmers have also benefitted immensely from this scheme, he added.
The minister further added that the state government is introducing modern slaughtering and weighing machines at the APMC yards across the state at a cost of Rs 45 crore which will help the farmers save time and speed up the marketing process. Sheep breeding farmers who were earning a meagre sum earlier are now earning over Rs 500 to Rs 700 on each sheep, he said.
Minister Manju also pointed out that the demand for sheep milk has gone up in the state and sheep milk was sold at Rs 150 per litre. The government will set up a separate board to market sheep milk on the lines of KMF which distributes Nandini milk in the state and across the country, he added.
Meanwhile, there is good news for sheep farmers who at times lose their livestock owing to accidents or being attacked by wild animals, the minister has said that the farmers who lose their sheep will paid a compensation of Rs 5,000 per sheep on confirmation from the post-mortem report.
MLAs M K Somashekar, Vasu, Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sultana, former mayor Purushotham, Dr Shivaram Bhat, Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry Department and others were present.