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The objective of the scheme is to promote the establishment of sheep and goat units throughout the territory of the Union





the Integrated Sheep Development Scheme (ISDS) launched in Jammu and Kashmir has made significant progress in supplementing livestock production and boosting entrepreneurship in this area.

The objective of the scheme is to promote the establishment of sheep and goat units throughout the territory of the Union. Through its multiple uses of providing wool, meat, hide, manure, etc., the sheep industry makes a significant contribution to the less fortunate sections of society.












Recognizing the importance of sheep, several development activities, including intensive sheep development programs, have been initiated at J&K. Financial assistance from banks, as well as other incentives and grants, are available under this program.

ISDS is one of the initiatives of the Sheep Husbandry Department aimed at not only making a breakthrough in wool and sheep production but also addressing the unemployment issues across Jammu and Kashmir.

Livestock is provided free of charge under this program for the formation of a participatory sheep/goat unit consisting of 25 ewes/kids. From the third year, the equivalent cattle are taken from the female offspring in a gradual manner. The scheme is open to any individual or group of individuals, self-help groups, cooperative societies or associations of agricultural producers.

Subsidy for sheep and goat farming:

Similarly, for the establishment of sheep/goat units (25 sheep/goats per unit), the program provides a total eligible subsidy of 50% of the unit cost with a ceiling of Rs.1.00 lac, whichever is lower. per unit (25 sheep/goats). goat) and a maximum subsidy ceiling of Rs.8.00 lac for 8 sheep/goat units (each unit comprising 25 sheep/goats).












The scheme is open to any individual or group of individuals, self-help groups, cooperative societies or associations of agricultural producers.

The program also includes a provision for the purchase of shearing machines (consisting of a shearing machine, a generator set and shearing accessories/spare parts), with a total eligible subsidy of 50% of the cost unit, with a ceiling of Rs.75000/unit, whichever is lower. The program is open to anyone who has undergone MSS training or wishes to undergo MSS training.

The diet contributes significantly to Prime Minister Modi’s vision to double farmers’ income since it complements farmers’ income generated by practicing agriculture.

The Department also provides breeders with all kinds of assistance during epidemics to minimize losses. It is with the help of the sheep farming department that sheep farming has become one of J&K’s lucrative entrepreneurial choices.

Despite vast potential and favorable environment for sheep and goat farming, Jammu and Kashmir still faced a large gap between demand and supply of sheep.












According to Data from Sheep Husbandry Department of Jammu and Kashmir594 sheep and goat units were created under the program during the 2021-22 financial year, providing employment to hundreds of people across the Union territory.

According to departmental statistics, 69 units were created under this program in Anantnag, 93 in Baramulla, 65 in Bandipora, 60 in Budgam, 56 in Ganderbal, 58 in Kulgam, 77 in Kupwara, 47 in Pulwama, 43 in Shopian and 26 in Srinagar.

Similarly, the Livestock Department has provided 329 units to beneficiaries in Jammu region under the Integrated Sheep Development Program in 2021-22. The structural changes and the convergence of several programs for farm and non-farm populations in rural areas is nothing short of a revolution for rural J&K.

With expanding operations and a strong supply chain system, UT has also reshaped the agricultural and horticultural business in the country, something that has never happened in the past 70 years.












Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha said at the very first “Vishal Pashudhan Vyapar Mela” at the Hiranagar Sports Stadium that the UT administration will provide a significant boost to the livestock sector by providing farmers with an additional source of income. “It is an effort by the government to provide a one-stop platform for selling/purchasing high-quality livestock breeds that will strengthen J&K’s dairy sector, in addition to utilizing the full potential of J&K in milk, fodder and mutton production, reduce imports, close the gap between demand and supply in the poultry sector and generate income.

Recently, the government of Jammu and Kashmir signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to transform the sheep farming sector in UT.












The collaboration between J&K and New Zealand will increase production and productivity in UT’s livestock sector. The primary objective of the MoC is to increase farmer compensation, technology transfer in research and development, and marketing and value addition of J&K sheep products. The government is also fostering an enabling environment for the integrated expansion of the livestock sector, which supports about 1.2 million households and contributes 5% of the Union Territory’s GDP.






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