Story of Jagpal Singh- A dairy farmer in Meerut
The dairy farmers in the outskirts of Meerut struggle with substandard healthcare for their livestock, and despite there being a huge demand for milk their cattle does not produce enough to meet those demands. Jagpal Singh has been a dairy farmer for over 20 years and owns over 10 buffaloes and cows in the Bahadurpur village of Meerut. He shared with the FAME Team that his cattle had been suffering from cattle ticks which was adversely impacting their production. He had consulted the local veterinarian but despite giving very expensive medicines he had not been able to cure this chronic disease.
FAME team launched two interventions to help the dairy farmers like Jagpal in 5 villages of Meerut to tackle the issue of below par healthcare and to support them in increasing their bottom line. A certified veterinarian of the Indian Army conducted an awareness session for Dairy Farmers on increasing produce and reducing diseases of their cattle. Post the awareness sessions Animal Health Camps were organized for the FAME members. Jagpal’s cattle have been cured of cattle ticks and the FAME veterinarian’s advice on artificial insemination also helped impregnate 3 of his cows. The milk production has gone up by 35% and his expenses on medical and healthcare of his livestock has reduced substantially.