OBCs most de­pen­dent on live­stock

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

DOWN TO EARTH LIVE­STOCK REAR­ING, which is the life­line of the ru­ral econ­omy along with agri­cul­ture, is the prin­ci­pal source of liveli­hood for Other Back­ward Classes ( fam­i­lies in ru­ral In­dia. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Sam­ple Sur­vey Of­fice ( data, 2.17 per cent of OBC house­holds are en­gaged in live­stock farm­ing fol­lowed by 1.67 per cent of general house­holds, 1.50 per cent of Sched­uled Caste fam­i­lies and 0.75 per cent of Sched­uled Tribe house­holds. The re­port also points out that only less than 2 per cent (2.7 mil­lion) of to­tal ru­ral house­holds de­pend solely on live­stock as most fam­i­lies opt an in­te­grated ap­proach wherein crop pro­duc­tion and cat­tle rear­ing go hand in hand.

VIKAS CHOUDHARY / CSE

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