56 year old, lady farmer of Kodiyaghat, South Andaman started goat farming with 5 goats about 3 years back. The awareness program by ICAR-CIARI motivated her to register herself in the project. Smt. Ramjiyayi was introduced to technical intervention regarding :
= Feeding management,
= Timely deworming,
= Health Management,
= Feeding of mineral mixtures and
= Selection of superior germplasm.
She started feeding mineral supplementation and did regular deworming which showed great impact in terms of body weight gain and reproductive efficiency. With the constant support and guidance, she has increased her stock to 23 goats and is delighted about her progress.
Adopting the scientific ways of farming, she reared the flock in a systematic way. She feeds her flock with wheat/rice with mineral supplement and then allows them to graze in forest/open field area near to her house for 5-6 hours.She keeps the goat shelter clean for the prevention of diseases.
She understood the importance of feeding of colostrums to the kids. She sold the goats on the basis of body weight. The disadvantages due to the inbreeding in the flock was noticed by her. She focused on the importance of identification of goats and keeping records. Her focus on one of the most important practice i.e. concentrate feeding with mineral mixtures and regular deworming schedule helped her.
Started with only 5 goats, Now Ramjiyayi has 23 goats and she earns annually Rs. 50,000/- by selling bucks only.The constant hard work and proper management of the animals, reared her the profits she deserved. Before adopting the technology from ICAR-CIARI, Port Blair under the project AICRP on Goat Improvement, her annual income from goat farming was approx. Rs. 35,000/- only which got increased upto Rs. 60,000/- within 2 years and Rs. 20,000/- by selling of cow.