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N. Meganathan, K.N. Selvakumar, M. Prabu, A. Serma Saravana Pandian and G. Senthil Kumar.
Dept. of Animal Husbandary Economics. Madras Veterinary College, Chennai – 600007. India

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A study was conducted to identify the bottlenecks in tribal livestock rearing in six hilly
areas of Tamil Nadu namely Kolli hill in Namakkal district, Yercaud hill in Salem district, Ooty
hill in The Nilgiris district, Kodaikanal in Dindigul district, Yelagiri hill in Vellore district and
Sitheri hill in Dharmapuri district. The data were collected from 900 tribal farmers which included
landless, marginal, small and large categories based on landholdings. The data were analysed by
Garett’s ranking technique. The study revealed that the major bottlenecks in livestock farming
among different categories of tribal farmers were lack of sufficient pasture land, lack of marketing
facilities, lack of adequate credit facilities, exploitation by middlemen, non-remunerative price
for the livestock products and lack of scientific knowledge. Based on the results of the study,
policies related to the pasture land development, organized livestock products marketing, extensive
credit facilities and improvement of animal and human resources were suggested for effective
development of different categories of tribal livestock farmers.
Tribal farmers – Livestock farming – Bottlenecks – Farmers’ category
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