Ludhiana 18 December 2017-For promoting Goat Farming in Kandi area, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana is going to organize Skill Training Programme for “Goat Farmers” from 1st January, 2018 at Regional Research and Training Centre, (RRTC) Talwara, District Hoshiarpur. Dr. Rakesh Sharma, Director of RRTC informed that the Course fee will be borne by National Scheduled Castes Finance and Development Corporation (NSFDC), Delhi. A stipend of Rs 1500/- per candidate per month will also be provided to the selected candidates.

Any interested person only from Scheduled Castes category from all over the Punjab may apply. He/she should be less than 50 years of age. The annual family income should not be more than Rs 98,000/- for rural areas and Rs 1,20,000/- for urban areas. Interview for selection of the candidates will be held on 27th December, 2017 at 11.am. at RRTC, Bhatoli Near Talwara, District Hoshiarpur. No TA/DA will be provided to the candidates appearing for the interview. The candidate must bring with him application written on plain paper, attested copies of certificates of caste, age proof, educational qualifications, Annual Family Income, Aadhar Card. Bank Account Details. Candidate may visit our website www.gadvasu.in for any further information.

The total duration of training course will be two months. The classes will commence at 9.30 AM daily and will continue till 4.30 PM. The training programme will include both theory and practical classes. The selected candidates will have to reach the venue of training on their own and they will have to make their own arrangements for their stay at Talwara.

Dr. Sharma while informing about Goat Farming revealed that improved goat production through better housing and feeding practices has direct implication on income of millions of households as well as national food security. Goat is gaining popularity in Punjab as it can consume wide variety of feed resources, requires less capital or investment, fast sexual maturity (9-12 months) and proliferation. Due to lower input requirements, goat production highly suits unemployed youth, women, ex-servicemen etc. who can easily learn skills in this profession. Apart from meat, goat milk remains in high demand. There is huge scope in value addition and processing of goat milk and meat which can further enhance income.