Hyderabad: Distribution of about 2.13 lakh milch animals to dairy farmers will kick start at Mulkanoor in Warangal Urban district on Saturday. The much awaited programme was conceived by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao with an intention to provide milch animals at subsidised price and encourage dairy farming to bring a White Revolution in the State.
Deputy Chief Minister Kadiam Srihari, Finance Minister Etela Rajender and Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, will formally launch the scheme at Mulkanoor. Milch animals will be distributed to about 100 beneficiaries on the occasion.
The Chief Minister approved an allocation of Rs 1,500 crore for the scheme of which, Rs 800 crore has been already released. The cattle distribution scheme is aimed at giving a boost to farmers who are into the business of milk production and sale, besides reviving rural economy.
In all, there are about 2.13 lakh dairy farmers, who are members of four cooperative dairy societies, each member will get one buffallo or cow under the scheme.
To ensure that the cattle scheme is not misused, the authorities have formed special teams and established special checkposts along the State borders as well as in different districts.
The GPS technology is being used for tracking the vehicles transporting the animals to their destinations. On the lines of sheep distribution scheme, the government is also providing insurance cover for milch animals for a period of three years besides supplying 300 kg fodder per unit purchased.
“Beneficiaries will be allowed to purchase a healthy animal of their choice from the place of their choice in the country. Each animal will be purchased at an estimated price of Rs 80,000 where 50 per cent subsidy will be provided to BCs and 75 per cent subidy to SCs/STs. The State government is also spending an additional Rs 5,000 for transportation of each animal,” said Yadav.