Goatery based women livelihood development program
Most of the rural families of socio-economically weaker sections of the society maintain different species of livestock to supplement their income. It is an insurance against crop failure and provides alternate source of livelihood to the farmers all year round. Goat is a multi functional animal and plays a significant role in the economy and nutrition of landless, small and marginal farmers in the country. Goats provide dependable source of income to 40% of the rural population who are below the poverty line. Goats can efficiently survive on available shrubs and trees in adverse harsh environment in low fertility lands where no other crops can be grown. In drought prone areas, risk of goat farming is very less as compared to other livestock species.
Goatery based women livelihood development program aims at promoting goatery based livelihood opportunities through adequate knowledge dissemination and developing market linkages for socio economic empowerment of poor and marginalized goat rearer women. Training and capacity building of landless and backward class women on goat rearing business helped them to minimise their risk and to maximize profit through introduction of scientific goat rearing practices. Along with this, veterinary services and vaccination camps for goats are also being organized to minimize mortality of goats. Introduction of concept of goat insurance has helped these women to shield themselves from sudden shocks.