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Dalits switch to goat rearing in Majha,

 Gurdaspur July 5: He started goat rearing as tiny family business long time back. Des Raj, a Dalit Sansi of Mullianwal Village in Gurdaspur district today owns 80 to 90 goats and earns a handsome amount of Rs 3 lakh to 4 lakh by selling around 30 to 40 of indigenous breeds of Beetal goats, besides milk which he sells at a price of Rs 100 to 200 per litre.


Not only Dalits but many marginal and small farmers too, who have few acres and are getting marginal income from agriculture, have switched to Goat gearing in Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Pathankot as it needs low investment and small area to keep the goats. They earn a handsome amount in Majha region where Beetal goat breed originated.


Citing an example, Rajinder Singh of Fatehgarh Churian said that on Saturday a pig farmer from Hayat Nagar, situated on the outskirts of Gurdaspur, came to him and bought 4 animals at the cost of Rs 27000 to start his new venture of goat rearing.  "I have developed four shed for goats.", Rajinder Singh said who has 50 Beetals breed of goats.



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