Goat farming a profitable business for youngsters: Experts: The Tribune India
Ludhiana, June 15
Raising goats requires low input costs and is a profitable business option for unemployed youth, women, ex-military, etc. who can easily acquire skills in this profession and improve their income, agricultural experts said.
“Goats are adapted to a wide variety of climatic conditions and they are practical in nature. Goat has many specialties such as smaller size, easy handling, wide range of edibles and wider climatic adaptability etc. Angad Dev University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (GADVASU), Ludhiana.
The investment is low at the beginning, and the farm is also set up with a low investment. Apart from meat, goat’s milk remains in high demand. There are huge opportunities for adding value and processing goat milk and meat which can further improve incomes.
On the occasion of the celebration of ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, GADVASU organized a week-long training program on goat breeding from 6 to 13 June.
Dr Rakesh Kumar Sharma said farmers in the state are trained to keep their goats healthy throughout the year. Other aspects of improving goat keeping, such as better housing and feeding practices, have direct implications for the incomes of millions of households as well as national food security.
“During this training, knowledge was provided on different breeds, husbandry techniques, feeding management, shelter design, weather management, vaccination protocols, diseases and their prevention, added value of milk and meat and economics of goat farming, etc. Practical training on handling goats, measuring body temperature, signs of healthy animals were also provided to the trainees,” said Dr. Sharma.
Reasons to go
- Investment in the initial phases is low
- The required farm size is small.
- The occurrence of diseases in goats is less.
- Goat’s milk is easy to digest
- Storing milk is easy
- In one day, the goat can be milked several times
- Goat manure is 2.5 times richer than cow manure.