In the first phase, the animal husbandry project will cover, over a three-year period, 15 villages in the Lalpur and Khambhaliya blocks of Jamnagar district. Since its launch in November 2012, vaccination camps have been conducted in seven villages, covering nearly 10,000 cattle, sheep and goats.
The objective of this initiative is to improve the health of cattle, which, in turn, will help to improve the livelihood of farmers. Farmers are given training in animal husbandry, ‘gaushala’ (cattle care) centers — where veterinary care will be provided — are being set up, and fodder development centers are also being established.
In addition, market linkages are being examined and dairy cooperatives that will market milk and milk products established to help boost income.
In the second phase, the project aims to set up cattle breeding centers and train farmers in breeding activities. The villages neighboring Essar facilities included in this phase are Jhakhar, Singach, Vadinar, Timbdi, Bharana, Mithoi, Soda Taragdi, Kathi Devriya, Modpar, Rasanpar Kajurda, Vadaliya Sinhan, Nana Mandha, Mota Mandha and Parodiya.