Thadakanapalli is a village located 15 kilometres away from Kurnool town in Kallur Mandal of the District. The Self Help Group (SHG) members in the village were involved in rearing of animals and farming. The community decided to take it to the next step.
The SHG members submitted a proposal to the Gram Panchayat for construction of an Animal Hostel in the village. The proposal was accepted and resources from MGNREGA, the Animal Husbandry Department, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Agriculture and Panchayati Raj Department were converged for this purpose. The Government allotted 10 acres of land for construction of the Animal Hostel. The estimated cost of construction was Rs. 2 crore.
The work was undertaken in the FY 2016-17. Under MGNREGA, the construction of four cattle sheds, fodder development in 9 acres and construction of water troughs was taken up. The total expenditure under MGNREGA was Rs. 50 lakh and 1,975 person days were generated during the process. Azola units, hydroponic units, supply of silage bales and supply of concentrate feed to the Animal Hostel was undertaken by the Animal Husbandry Department. The Agriculture Department supported the construction of vermi compost units.
The Hostel included facilities for housing 300 animals. A management committee including nine members from the SHG groups was formed for the monitoring and ensuring of maintenance of the Animal Hostel. Caretakers were also identified from within the SHG members, and were paid Rs.6,000 per month.
The DRDA released a revolving fund of Rs.3 lakh for meeting the daily expenditure of the Hostel and Rs.6 lakh to 40 SC beneficiaries for meeting their beneficiary contribution in procuring 40 pregnant Murrah heifers under the SC Sub Plan for the FY 2016-17.
The Animal Hostel has become a vital community asset in the village. On an average, 1,843 litres of milk is produced every day. Approximately 1,200 litres is being utilized to make a local sweet dish called ‘Khoa’ locally known as ‘Thadakanapalli Khoa’. This has further enhanced the income of the community, hence paving way for a sustainable livelihood system.