1. Divided over dam water, but when it comes to deals, Telangana, Andhra totally business-friendly; in the works, a Rs 2,500 cr purchase order for 42 lakh sheep

Divided over dam water, but when it comes to deals, Telangana, Andhra totally business-friendly; in the works, a Rs 2,500 cr purchase order for 42 lakh sheep

Till last week both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been in loggerheads against the share of water from the Nagarjuna Sagar Dam and even have lodged complaints against the same.

By: | Published: May 10, 2017 7:04 PM
Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Nagarjuna Sagar Dam issue, minor community, Yadava, Kurma, Talasani Srinivas Yadav Telangana government has said that it would give as many as 84 lakh sheep the minor communities in the state such as the Yadava and Kurma. (Source: PTI)

Till last week both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh have been at loggerheads on sharing Nagarjuna Sagar Dam water and they have even lodged complaints over the same. However, as per a recent report by Indian Express when it comes to business, things are very much fine between the two states. The Telengana government is likely to pass an ordinance with its neighbouring state to purchase nearly 42 lakh sheep in the next two years. The total investment in this initiative is likely to be around Rs 2,500 cr.

As per a report by Indian Express, Telangana government has said that it would give as many as 84 lakh sheep to communities in the state such as the Yadava and Kurma. The reason behind this effort by the state government is to revive and encourage caste-based occupation and livelihood. The report further stated that government has set aside Rs 5,000 cr for the scheme and nearly four lakh Yadava and Kurma families will be the beneficiaries of it.

Speaking to Indian Express, Animal Husbandry Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav said, “42 lakh sheep worth Rs 2,500 crore would be distributed in the first phase this year, and the remaining 42 lakh next year. Half the sheep in both batches would come from Andhra.”

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“The procurement process has just begun and we may start giving the sheep to the families by June-end after the summer. We are procuring from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra, with the maximum sheep from Andhra,” Yadav said.

“As geography and climate are similar and the milk- and meat-yielding varieties of sheep are available in plenty in Andhra with sheep farmers, we will be purchasing a lot of sheep from there, especially from Nellore and Anantapur districts. These varieties will acclimatise better to the Telangana climate. From the moment of purchase, we are insuring and geo-tagging the sheep,” Yadav added further.

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