Source: The Hindu :
Karnataka State Sheep and Wool Development Corporation has tied up with the Central Sheep Breeding Farm in Hisar, Haryana, to provide improved variety of sheep and rams to farmers in the State.
In the first phase, 500 farmers will get rams whose fleece has a great value in the market. Panditrao Chidri, chairman of the corporation, distributed 25 rams to sheep rearers in Bidar on Saturday. One kg of wool fetches upto Rs. 500.
Each ram can weigh up to 40 kg, he said. “We will slowly urge the Karnataka Veterinary, Animal, and Fisheries Sciences University to develop similar breeds,” he said.
The corporation is distributing Rs. 5 lakh to each of the sheep rearers’ cooperative societies in the State. Cooperative banks have been assured refinancing for loans given to sheep rearers, he said. The corporation is giving 18 animal ambulances to various districts, he added.
Ganadheeshwar Hiremath, assistant director of the corporation, and others were present.
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