Herbal medicines not only cure but also build resistance against disease, says Jayaraman, a livestock healer in Village Vandipalayam, District Villupuram, Tamil Nadu
Jayaraman keeps in touch with veterinary doctors at the nearby animal husbandry centre located at a distance of thirteen kilometers from his village. “At times I receive a call from these doctors requesting information on the well being of village livestock. I also contact them for guidance.
[Small Ruminants] [Ethno-veterinary Practices] [Tamil Nadu]
Goat rearing is much more than just an additional source of income, observes Sebati Digal, Self Help Group paravet, Jargi village, District Kandhamal, Odisha
The response and respect I receive from villagers is very encouraging and I try to persuade as many women from other villages too to take up goat rearing. Goat rearing has not only been an additional source of income for most families here but has also created a strong bond among women members in the SHG”, says the smiling Sebati while she is busy taking notes from the goat rearing expert during the health camp at Pippali village.
Recently Sandeep has expanded his enterprise to include the supply of goats of the Sirohi and Totapuri breed to interested buyers. The demand for these breeds is higher as they are sturdy, easily acclimatize to local conditions and gain weight even with minimal feeding.
[Small Ruminants] [Jamunapari] [Maharashtra]
Earlier I used to make Rs 1200-1500 by rearing and selling a batch of 300 birds and now I rear 500 birds in each batch and manage to earn Rs 2000-2200 every month. I am not a burden on my family and can easily afford my child’s education”, informs Sukrit bai with pride.
[PRADAN] [Small Holder Poultry]
Women Poultry Vaccinators in Bangladesh – Provision of regular and timely health services for poultry rearers
“We feel proud of being in this profession as we are referred to as doctors in the village. We are also respected by our families since we contribute to the family income. I make my own decisions regarding spending the money that I earn and feel proud when I can buy something for my husband from my own earnings”, mentioned one of the poultry vaccinators cheerfully.
[Poultry Vaccinators] [Bangladesh] [Small Holder Poultry]
Community-led Initiatives for Conservation of the native Bhagli (Sonadi) Sheep, District Pali, Rajasthan – the story of Dharmaram Raika
Under the Breed Saviour Awards 2012, instituted by the National Bio-diversity Authority, the LIFE Network and the National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources, Dharmaram has been awarded for his efforts to protect and conserve the Bhagli sheep breed.
[Sonadi sheep] [Small Ruminants] [Rajasthan]
Parwati Kanwar awarded the prestigious Golden Talent Award for her exceptional work in Village Amka, Thanagazi Block, Alwar (Rajasthan)
“Social taboos and customs that prevented women from standing equal to men are vanishing gradually. Today not only women but even men consult me on important matters", says a proud goat rearer, Parwati Kanwar after being awarded the prestigious Golden Talent Award by Heifer International.
[Goats] [Heifer International] [Rajasthan] [Small Ruminants] [Pashu Sakhi] [Health Care Services]
Employment as a village facilitator provides a stable source of income for Dayaram in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh
Dayaram Deevan, aged 40, a resident of tribal village Bahul Lamker belongs to the Kalar community. His work as a village facilitator provides a critical link between the community and the district veterinary hospital, and ensures that preventive health care, by way of regular vaccinations and de-worming is available at the `door-steps’ of the community.
[BILDP] [BASTAR] [Small Holder Poultry]
Nangaram says “Ghas Ki Sthiti Pehle Se Achhi Hai” (fodder availability is better than earlier). Despite being drought hit during the past two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009, grass production has been adequate in the village. The family gets 500 bundles of grass (weighing 3 kg each) worth approximately Rs 2,500 from the common pastureland every year.
[Kadesan] [Common Property Resources] [Rajasthan]
Chimi does not now collect oak tree leaves from the forest. She has planted a few more willow trees around her house so that they will be ready for lopping and silage making within the next few years. Willow silage has helped her meet the feed requirements of her livestock during the fodder scarce winter months.
[Willow Silage] [Common Property Resources] [Feed and Fodder] [Bhutan]