To improve the income and quality of life of families in the tribal belt of South Gujarat, 125 families in Kaprada block of Valsad district of Gujarat were identified for the dairy development programme with special focus on women, through the induction of crossbred cattle and critical inputs such as mineral supplements, deworming, vaccination and insurance coverage. To enhance their capacities, the women were trained in various aspects of dairy development. 420 Sex-Sorted Semen Artificial Inseminations were undertaken and calf rearing programme support provided for 48 female calves.
The impact of the “Godaan Project” had to be seen to be believed. The average monthly milk procurement by 121 families recorded 22946 litres and the average monthly income Rs. 6.32 lakhs with an average milk yield of Rs. 28/ litre from November 2019 to October 2021. The average monthly income per participant increased from Rs. 2070 to Rs. 5255 during this period. 95 Gir calves were reported to be born out of sexed semen technology of which, 87 calves ( 91. 5%) were female calves. This programme has given the tribal families a better deal in life, food security and happiness.