Challenges and mitigation strategies in goat meat production for assuring food security through goat farming in Puducherry
Sivachandiran R, Bhanu Rekha V, Natchimuthu K, Ajay Kumar VJ, Nithya Quintoil and Sowmiya V
The challenges met by the farmers in the goat meat production and its effect on food security in Puducherry had been assessed through data collection using structured questionnaire from 50 goat farmers in Puducherry. Analysis of these responses proved that 92 per cent farmers were rearing goat for meat purpose. Among the respondents, 82 per cent of the farmers were not aware about the importance of vaccination and only 22 per cent farmers vaccinated their herd. On the other hand, 60 per cent farmers did not deworm their herd due to lack of awareness about the importance of deworming. About 90 per cent of the farmers had experienced kid mortality in their herd due to gastro-intestinal problems, Foot and Mouth Disease and lactic acidosis. Almost 28 per cent farmers sold live goats directly to the consumers, 36 per cent sold to the butchers directly and 26 per cent sold the goats through middleman. Kid mortality, lack of awareness on proper feeding and unorganized goat meat marketing channels have major impact on goat production thereby on food security in Puducherry region.
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Sivachandiran R, Bhanu Rekha V, Natchimuthu K, Ajay Kumar VJ, Nithya Quintoil, Sowmiya V. Challenges and mitigation strategies in goat meat production for assuring food security through goat farming in Puducherry. Pharma Innovation 2020;9(5):57-59.