.........BHAWANIPATNA: THE Black Bengal Goat Breeding Centre, set up under Swarnajayanti Gram Swarojgar Yojana (SGSY) by the Directorate of Animal Husbandry at Jaring farm in Kalahandi district three years back, today stands dilapidated. The goats, too, have been stolen.
The breeding centre was approved in 2008-09 by the directorate and made operational in 2014. The farm was mooted to breed goats and ensure capacity building of the rural poor to manage goats effectively. The aim was to increase income of people who have taken up goat farming in the district.
As per the programme, 400 female goats and 20 Black Bengal bucks of Jamunpuri, Beetal and Sirci varieties were to be reared in this farm annually and supplied to the farmers at affordable prices under the SGSY scheme. However, three years down the line, the two farm sheds in the centre are in dilapidated condition due to lack of maintenance and there is no full time farm manager to look after. The centre is managed by three daily wage labourers and two watchmen. A veterinary surgeon of Bhawanipatna was in charge of the breeding centre but he was recently transferred.
The two farm sheds have a capacity to house 200 goats but currently, it has 76 goats - 40 female goats, 36 calves and no buck. In March last year, four bucks and 13 female goats were stolen from the farm and a police complaint was filed in Junagarh police station.
The in-charge Chief District Veterinary Officer, Gopal Chandra Mohapatra said steps are being taken to procure good quality Black Bengal bucks. The directorate has been requested to post a regular farm manager in the centre and develop its infrastructure. The Jaring farm complex was set up in 1980s, but has not been able to see successful implementation of any project so far. In 1980s, a sheep rearing farm was set up by Veterinary wing and later upgraded by the DRDA in 1992-93. A heifer rearing farm was also inaugurated on February 12, 1994 by the then Chief Minister Biju Patnaik on the farm premises to provide quality pregnant cattle to poor farmers of the district. The heifer rearing farm was closed down a year later as it was not viable. The directorate closed the sheep rearing farm in 2005-06 due to high mortality rate of the sheep. Both the projects could not be revived.
Unfortunately, the 68.76 acres of land allotted to the Jaring farm is yet to be recorded in its name.