Various initiatives have been started by the J & K administration to provide self employment to the youth. In this direction Integrated Sheep Development Scheme aims to promote the establishment of sheep and goat units in the union territory.
Sheep sector makes a valuable contribution to the economically weaker sections of the society by their multifaceted utility of producing wool, meat, skin, manure, among others. Under this scheme, financial assistance from the banks has been made available along with other incentives and subsidies.
ISDS is one of the schemes of the Sheep Husbandry Department aimed at not only achieving breakthrough in wool and mutton production but also addressing the problems of unemployment across Jammu and Kashmir. Any individual /group of individuals/self-help group/cooperative society/farmers producer organization is eligible to apply for the scheme.
The scheme also has the provision of Procurement of Shearing units (Comprising one shearing machine, one Genset and shearing accessories/spares), 50% of the unit cost as total eligible subsidy with a ceiling of Rs 75,000/unit whichever is less. Any individual (trained in MSS or intending to undergo training in MSS) is eligible for the scheme.
The scheme is majorly contributing towards achieving the Prime Minister’s vision of doubling farmers’ income as it augments the income of farmers that they generate by practising agriculture.