Livelihoods | Livestock

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A buffer against shocks, a collateral for credit, a safety net in times of crisis. Livestock is a valuable risk mitigating asset, especially for the rural poor, who are already disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change because of their dependence on agriculture. Livestock not only contributes to livelihoods in the form of cash and kind, but also provides companionship for the young and the old. For tribal communities, livestock has traditionally played an important role and a tribal family spends a significant amount of time (about 2 to 4 hours per day) looking after its livestock. In the Nimar region, even the poorest families have livestock, which has been traditional practice for decades. Understanding and acknowledging the significance of livestock in the drought-prone, tribal areas Dewas district of Madhya Pradesh, Samaj Pragati Sahayog (SPS) started a livestock support of programme for small, marginal farmers and landless women who are members of its Self Help Group (SHG) Programme in 2006. SPS has so far focused on dairy farming, poultry rearing and goat rearing.

In an area with no history of milk marketing, Indore Milk Union has included our area in their milk collection route and has also installed a Bulk Milk Cooler of 3,000 litres capacity, perhaps for the first time in a tribal area. SHGs have extended credit to their members (at low rates of interest with long repayment periods) to purchase quality breeds. These animals have all been insured through a tie-up with the Oriental Insurance Company.

Success Story

Women Celebrate Foundation Day of Bulk Milk Cooler
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