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BOTTLENECKS IN LIVESTOCK REARING AMONG DIFFERENT CATEGORIES OF TRIBAL FARMERS IN TAMIL NADU

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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118 - 122
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ARCC1223
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Abstract
A study was conducted to identify the bottlenecks in tribal livestock rearing in six hillyareas of Tamil Nadu namely Kolli hill in Namakkal district, Yercaud hill in Salem district, Ootyhill in The Nilgiris district, Kodaikanal in Dindigul district, Yelagiri hill in Vellore district andSitheri hill in Dharmapuri district. The data were collected from 900 tribal farmers which includedlandless, marginal, small and large categories based on landholdings. The data were analysed byGarett’s ranking technique. The study revealed that the major bottlenecks in livestock farmingamong different categories of tribal farmers were lack of sufficient pasture land, lack of marketingfacilities, lack of adequate credit facilities, exploitation by middlemen, non-remunerative pricefor 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, extensivecredit facilities and improvement of animal and human resources were suggested for effectivedevelopment of different categories of tribal livestock farmers.
Keywords
Tribal farmers – Livestock farming – Bottlenecks – Farmers’ category
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