Dairy cows distributed by Tiruchy administration earning us a living, say Pachamalai tribes – The New Indian Express

Express News Service

TIRUCHY: The district government’s initiative to provide dairy cows and bulls to residents of the tribal community in the district’s Pachamalai Hills has been appreciated by the beneficiaries who say the additional income from the livestock helps them sustain themselves if there is no regular work.

The Pachamalai Hills near Thuraiyur include the Vannadu, Kombai and Thenparanadu panchayats. They are mainly inhabited by inhabitants of the tribal community and earn their livelihood by growing cassava, cashew nuts and paddy rice. Since most of them don’t go out to work, they often struggle with meager incomes. Upon learning of this, the district administration distributed 112 dairy cows and calves and 10 bulls to as many as 70 residents on July 27 in an effort to improve their livelihoods.

Tiruchy Collector M Pradeep Kumar handed over the cattle to the beneficiaries in the presence of Minister of Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare N Kayalvizhi and Minister of Municipal Administration KN Nehru. The move is being praised by the beneficiaries.

Muthulakshmi Saravanan, a farmer from Thenparanadu, said her family came from humble backgrounds and said: “My husband and I grow cassava on two hectares of our land. When there is no agriculture, we take on casual labour. But we earn it. not enough to make it difficult for us to support our sons’ studies.”

“Because we are in the hills, we can’t go out to work every day. It was in this situation that the district administration gave us a dairy cow and calf. We hope this will improve our livelihoods. Apart from that, officials said there were several arrangements are to improve our livelihoods. If implemented quickly, that will help us,” she added.

Another farmer, Saravanan, said: “I grow cassava on my one hectare land. Because there is not enough income, I work as a car driver for a while to help my family. However, that cannot meet the needs of the household. Currently, the dairy cow and calf provided by the government help us earn at least Rs 200 per day, which helps us meet our daily needs.”

The milk of the cattle is usually sold to the local people. “We can generate feed for the livestock in our field. That will lower our feed costs,” Saravanan added.

When contacted Collector M. Pradeep Kumar, he told TNIE: “We have planned activities such as arranging the sale of cashew nuts at a good price, promoting beekeeping, cultivation and good marketing of cassava, pepper, chili, vegetables and millet products. We will implement them soon to improve the livelihood of the residents.”

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