JK Trust is pioneer in animal sector & through its different project has augmented income of livestock farmers over the years. Some key initiatives include-
Cattle breed improvement program :
India is the largest milk producer in the world and also has the largest milk production. But, the milk productivity is way too low when compared to other countries. In order to improve milk productivity and thus income of livestock farmers, JK Trust stated cattle breed improvement program for improving local indigenous/non-descript breed. The results of the projects are inspiring and farmers have witnessed increased milk production by 2-3 litres after artificial insemination with improved breeds.
Fodder Development Centre :
Although a very crucial aspect in dairy farming, livestock farmers do not give attention to animal feed & nutrition. This results in poor animal health & milk production. JK Trust, under it fodder development centre program has been providing training & capacity building of livestock farmers & other stakeholders on improved practices for fodder production, silage making, nutrient enrichment of dry fodder, fodder seed production etc.
Mobile Veterinary Units :
Unlike humans, animals face a lot of challenges, when it comes to diseases. Lack of timely & proper treatment leads to mortality in animals. Considering the challenges of livestock farmers, JK Trust operated Mobile Veterinary Units in Chhattisgarh, Odisha & Madhya Pradesh for providing veterinary services at door step of farmers. This was one of the kind of initiative & was started at a time when mobile vehicles where available only for humans.
Integrated Livestock Development Centre :
This is a unique model developed by JK Trust for providing holistic services to livestock farmers at their door step. Under this model, an ILD centre is established in a village which caters to 6-7 nearby villages. The centre is operated by an educated unemployed youth who is trained as a paravet & provides whole range of services including artificial insemination, fodder training & demonstration, primary medical care, animal health camps etc. in rural areas. The project is designed in a way to become self-sustainable. The centre in charge continue providing services by charging minimal amount for their services.