Sangareddy: To support caste-based professions in Telangana and put the State in top meat exporting States’ list in the nation, Telangana government has decided to support pig rearers by distributing pig units at subsidised rate by framing guidelines on the lines of sheep distribution scheme.
The State government issued directions recently asking the traditional pig rearers to form co-operative societies to enable the State government distribute the pigs. According to the directions issued by the Director of Animal Husbandry Dr Venkateshwarlu, the State government will extend financial support in purchasing pigs besides supplying fodder. The Animal Husbandry Department has clearly said that they would adopt new methods to rear the pigs in which they would impart training to the members of co-operative societies in rearing the pigs. The government would also facilitate these pig rearers to export the meat.
Mandalapuram Gopal, Telangana Pradesh Yerukala Sangham, said that there was a great demand for pig meat in North Eastern States, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. He said that the State government wanted to encourage them to grab this marketing opportunity to emerge as the top pig meat supplier in the country competing with Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Bihar and Jharkhand.
Though the guidelines for supplying pig units were not yet framed, Kempula Tuljaram, another member of Yerukala Sangham, said that they were promised to be supplied with each unit at 75 per cent subsidy. Tuljaram further said that each unit, comprising nine female and one male pigs, would cost approximately Rs 1 lakh. This means, a pig rearer has to pay Rs 25,000 as his share for getting one unit from the government. So far, 230 members have enrolled their names for this benefit in Sangareddy district alone.