Govt to protect caste based occupations: Pocharam

"There is huge demand for goat and sheep meat in Telangana, everyday 350 trucks of meat is being imported to Hyderabad from other States," said State Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy.

By Author  |  Published: 22nd Jan 2017  8:06 pmUpdated: 23rd Jan 2017  9:19 pm
Pocharam Srinivas Reddy
Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy Speaking at a meeting with Goat and Sheep-rearers, at Banswada on Sunday. Photo: By Arrangement

Nizamabad: Telangana State government is encouraging caste based occupations, providing livelihood and preventing migration, said State Agriculture Minister Pocharam Srinivas Reddy, on Sunday while participating in goat and sheep rearers meet held at Banswada.

Pocharam said that TRS government was committed to provide livelihood to caste based occupations such as fishermen, goats and sheep rearers, and other occupations. He said that State government would release large amount in the budget for the benefit of caste-based occupations.

The Minister said that Telangana had 25 lakh sheep and goat rearers, earlier governments had been neglecting caste-based occupations, it resulted in migration to cities and decline of these professions. “TRS government is striving to revive these occupations by providing facilities such as providing quality breads, providing grazing permission to growers in forest areas, issuing medicines, providing insurance facility to both growers and cattles,” he added.

Minister said that there was huge demand for goat and sheep meat in Telangana, everyday 350 trucks of goats and sheep meat was being imported to Hyderabad from other states, due to this CM has decided to give thrust to this scheme and encourage to rearers.

Pocharam said that the Cabinet sub-committee formed on this issue would finalise the guidelines and government  would issue Rs 1.25 lakh worth 20 lambs and a ram in a unit to the sheep rearers. In the meeting large numbers of goats and sheep growers participated.