Livestock Management Under Mountain Farming System

Livestock has traditionally been an integral part of hill farming system in Uttarakhand, and forms an integral part of the rural economy contributing to household income and family nutrition, besides producing much needed biomass and draught power for agricultural operations. Livestock supports agricultural activities and also provides an additional source of income for rural households. For a significant number of these households, especially marginal farmers, livestock is the primary source of income. However, the productivity of milch animals in the state is low, as the availability of good quality green fodder, especially for milch animals in hilly areas, is a major constraint in augmenting milk production. Apart from the fodder scarcity non-descript animals, traditional feeding practices, non-availability of fundamental infrastructure for animal health, cattle feed, marketing of milk and dairy products makes the animal husbandry practices non- profitable, and causes human, mainly male migration and heavy workloads for their counterparts.

Central Himalayan Livestock Initiative

Himmotthan Approach Towards Livestock Management Under Mountain Farming System

To address these various above socio-economic gaps in the growth of the livestock sector of the state, the Tata Trusts and Himmotthan Society initiated Integrated Fodder and Livestock Development Programe in 2008 and culminated in 2014. The project was executed in two phases of three year cycle. The project was up-scaled in 2015, based on the successes and synergy from earlier Phases, which had established joint community (institutional) efforts in fodder cultivation, livestock development and micro-enterprises.Currently the Central Himalayan Livestock Initiative is being implemented in over 467 villages across9 hilly districts of Uttarakhand from March 2015. A total of 24 clusters have been taken under the project, of which 16 project clusters are being supported by the Trusts while in the balance 8 clusters (104 villages), the project is being implemented with the support of other funders (i.e. TITAN Company Ltd., Tata Relief Committee and Star India). The project collaborated with different state departments– the Uttarakhand Livestock Development Board (ULDB), Animal Husbandry Department, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and several Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs), to address issues in a holistic manner.This initiative has a target of covering 35,000 Households in 700 villages across 9 mountain districts of Uttarakhand by 2020. Currently over 22,000 HHs of 460 villages are involved in different livestock related interventions.

Key Achievements of the Project

  1. Fodder plantation has been carried out in 855 Ha. community land with dovetailing of funds from MG-NREGA

  2. 20 local youth trained as Para-vets working as independent entrepreneurs, carried out over 8000 Artificial Insemination and as a result 3000 progeny obtained till March 2017

  3. Over 164 health camps organized and 21,930 cattle got vaccinated/ treated

  4. Over 342 backyard poultry established and 24000 chicks distributed

  5. Over 12700 farmers adopted improved technologies and livestock management practices

  6. 7 animal feed units set up to produce quality feed using locally available raw materials, with back up support from ILRI, New Delhi

  7. 23 women Federations led micro-dairies are in operation, with annual turnover of Rs.2.6 Crore, of which Rs.2.14 Crore paid back to farmers and with a net profit of Rs.5.8 Lakh in FY 2016-17

Himmotthan Head Office

193, Vasant Vihar, Phase-2

Behind Sri Guru Ram Rai Public School Senior Branch


Uttarakhand, India - 248006

Contact Number : (0135)- 2760728, 2761796

Himmotthan WATSAN Office

41, Vasant Vihar, Phase-2


Uttarakhand, India - 248006

Contact Number : (0135)- 2762966

TRISHULII Producer Co. Ltd.

295-A, Vasant Vihar, Phase-II, Dehradun, Uttarakhand



Himmotthan Regional Offices
1. Kumaun Region-Almora

(Mohalla Talla Galli, Jakhan Devi, Almora, Uttarakhand India, 263609)

2. Garhwal Region Office- Chamoli

Near Petrol Pump, Gopeshwar,District Chamoli, Uttarakhand, India

3. Garhwal Region Office- Jadipani

Gram Saud, Jadipani, Chamba Block, District Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India

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