Buffalo Rearing | Telangana
While visiting the village of Sonepur in Jaluan, UP, we interviewed many borrowers who had taken loans for dairy farming. With farm incomes dwindling, job scarcity and distress migration, families were rearing livestock to get by.
First-cycle borrower Updesh Kumari took up buffalo rearing as a means to supplement her husband Brijesh’s earnings from vegetable farming.
While vegetables bring in better returns than grains, the quantity of produce is not significant since the family owns only 1.5 bighas of land which is less than half an acre. Updesh Kumari finds the extra income from selling buffalo milk very helpful as farming brings in a seasonal income while milk cooperatives in the village make fortnightly payments to suppliers thus giving her a regular income.
The buffalo she bought gives around 4 litres of milk every day which fetches Rs.35 per litre. It is with this money that Updesh Kumari buys her weekly provisions. Although her name appears on the BPL list, she is yet to receive the card and has not been able to purchase anything from the ration shop. Since the family grows their own vegetables, they are able to manage the household.
Updesh Kumari feels that even if the animal stays healthy and provides milk regularly, she will not be able to expand her business without help, given their present financial position. She hopes that Rang De will continue to support her so that she can earn and contribute to the well-being of her family.
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Updesh Kumari is 48 years old married woman is from a village called Sonepura in Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh. Her husband, Brijesh Kumar is a labor by profession and he earns Rs.30000/- annually. They have three children, two daughters and a son. They are studying in the 8th, 10th and 12th standards. She has to manage all the family expenses including her 3 children's educational expense with her husband's income which is nearly impossible.
She plans to run her dairy farm from her home. She can easily do this business because it is low risk, low maintenance and she can earn more money. Since Updesh Kumari lacks the capital to start her new business, she has applied for a loan amount of Rs.35000/-. She will utilise this amount to buy a buffalo and fodder. Your contribution will be of great help in setting up the business.
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