The sheep distribution scheme is helping the rural economy in Telangana. It is meant to help around 4 lakh Yadava, Golla, and Kuruma families. The programme starts on June 9, but officials are struggling to find enough sheep in the state. They are now looking for sheep in Andhra Pradesh.
The local sheep growers in Telangana don’t want to sell their herd. They can earn more money by selling to big buyers who use sheep for commercial purposes. However, the beneficiaries of the sheep distribution programme want local breeds, which are mostly available in Andhra Pradesh.
Officials from many districts are now in Andhra Pradesh looking for sheep. Some officials have gone to Karnataka, but they haven’t found enough sheep. The traditional shepherd families will get 20+1 Ram sheep on 75% subsidy.
There are 8,109 Primary Sheep Breeders’ Cooperative Societies in the state with 7,61,895 members. The state government has distributed a total of 82,64,592 sheep, which gave birth to another 1 crore 32 lakh lambs. The Gollas and Kurumas have accumulated more than Rs 7,920 crore with these sheep.