Livestock Insurance Financial Assistance: J&K Takes Groundbreaking Steps to Improve Living Standards for Tribal People

SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 11: Jammu and Kashmir is taking revolutionary reforms and social measures to improve the standard of living of members of the tribal community.

In order to improve the economic conditions of the tribal people, the government is working to increase livestock productivity and production in a sustainable manner for all tribal families by emphasizing the untapped potential for export and products with added value.

The government is also considering setting up a social security scheme for sheep farmers with insurance coverage for livestock. The government is also preparing a comprehensive health card and health monitoring policy for livestock disease prevention and control measures.

According to official data, sheep breeds with high genetic potential, exotic breeds for crossbreeding, marketing facilities and endemic disease prevention mechanism will be the main policy objectives.

Many reforms have been introduced by the government for the modernization and promotion of the sheep farming sector and the strengthening of the business and production activities of the sector which provides the livelihood for about 12 lakh families in UT. Notably, Jammu and Kashmir holds the distinction of having the highest per capita consumption of sheep/goat meat in the country. The huge demand for sheep/goat meat is more of an opportunity than a challenge as it offers huge opportunities for sheep and goat farmers.

The government is constructing 1,000 cattle sheds for the tribal community and the Department of Tribal Affairs will extend financial assistance of Rs One lakh each to 1,500 SHGs for wool shearing machines and skills. 50 self-help groups will receive Rs 3.00 Lakh each for GenSet and solar powered shears for Dhoks.

The UT government has partnered with New Zealand to develop a model sheep farming system through better husbandry practices, technology transfer, doubling wool and meat production , marketing, capacity building and securing additional income for sheep farmers. J&K has earned the privilege of having the best breeds of sheep in the country and holds 50% of the country’s crossbred population in UT in addition to being the second largest wool producer in the country and number one in terms of quality of wool produced.

To push this sector to new heights and fill all the gaps in order to make this sector more vibrant, profitable, market driven, employable and sustainable, the government is working on viable solutions which will soon be brought to the public domain in addition to the Center facilitation – one each in Kashmir and Jammu division will be established for collection, grading, sorting and packing of wool.

As a first step, the government of Jammu and Kashmir has set up transport facilities for migrant tribal families traditionally undertaking migration along the National Highway and the Mughal Highway. The government has deployed a sufficient number of trucks and light commercial vehicles for their smooth movement.

Means of transport, free of charge, are provided from September 25 to October 25, 2022 and vehicles have been made available to the deputy commissioners concerned and two transit accommodations have also been set up to serve as stopping points.