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Dairy farming, boon of drought prone Anantapur

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Dairy farming, boon of drought prone Anantapur

Success story of Raganapalli village

Raganapalli village is about 100km from Anantapur. A group of 16 families, 15 of them landless, approached RDT in 2014-15 to support a dairy farming enterprise. RDT facilitated purchase of 18 jersey and half crossbreed cows. The dairy farmers started delivering milk to the Nallamada dairy on bicycles. In 2016-17, the group size increased to 26 members and made it practical for the dairy workers to visit the farmers for milk collection. The farmers have a net income of `12,500/- per month and are repaying their loans for purchase of cows at `2500/- per month. RDT provides free fodder in the difficult summer months. The landless earn additional income from wages, and the landed say, “We can get organic manure for our fields from dairy. We have better crops in our fields.” All of them say, “Once our loans are repaid, we earn `15,000 per month. We can buy an additional cow every year. We can have LIC policies. Our children are receiving a good education. Dairy farming and fodder growing are not affected by rainfall. We need not migrate. We will slowly emerge as a dairy village with more members joining. We will also form a milk-marketing co-operative and a milk collection centre. We now contribute to RDT through hundis.”