Hyderabad: Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav on Wednesday directed the officials to initiate measures to immediately distribute sheep to eligible persons who had already submitted demand drafts towards their contribution. He asked the officials to collect Rs 12,500 each from beneficiaries by conducting grama sabhas in accordance with the increased unit cost from Rs 1.25 lakh to Rs 1.75 lakh.
In a video conference with the district officials on sheep distribution scheme and other programmes from his chambers in Masab Tank here, Srinivas Yadav asked the District Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Officers (DVAHOs) to facilitate procurement and distribution of sheep to about 595 beneficiaries who have already submitted the demand drafts. The process will be completed within next one week and details will be uploaded into the e-Laabh portal.
To facilitate sale and purchase of sheep and goats in the State, the State government will set up sheep markets with necessary infrastructure in all the districts. Necessary letters have been already written to the district collectors to allot five acres land required for the construction of these markets. The DVAHOs have been instructed to identify the required land in coordination with the district collectors and take measures for construction of markets wherever land has been identified.
The Minister wanted places to be identified for setting up of meat processing units in the erstwhile districts as a unit. Plans are afoot to connect the sheep and goat markets with the processing units in order to supply processed meat to local customers. The officials have been already instructed to conduct field trips and submit relevant details in this regard. He emphasised the need to pay special attention to the artificial insemination programme undertaken to promote quality livestock. In the first phase, artificial insemination was performed on 5.6 lakh of 5.12 lakh cattle in the State which stood on top in implementing the programme. The officials were asked to upload the details of the artificial insemination programme on the relevant website on any given day.
Animal Husbandry Secretary Anita Rajendra, Telangana State Livestock Development Agency (TSLDA) chief executive officer Manjuvani, Telangana State Sheep and Goat Development Co-operative Societies Federation managing director Ramchander and other officials attended the meeting.
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