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Comparative Profitability of Cross Breed and Indigenous Cattle in West Bengal

S. Islam, A. Goswami and D. Mazumdar

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The present study was carried out in Tehatta-II block of Nadia district in West Bengal. There were 17 blocks in the Nadia district of which Tehatta-II block was selected purposively. The block consisted of 7 gram panchayats and 2 gram panchayats namely Palsunda-I and Barnia were selected randomly. Fifty dairy farmers were selected from each gram panchayats based on judgement sampling. The study area was more or less homogenous with respect to animal husbandry practices, socio-cultural conditions, facilities for service and critical inputs. Most of the dairy farmers in study areas were unorganized in milk production. Relevant information from the individual milk producers (dairy farmers) have been collected through personal interrogation method with the help of a structured interview schedule prepared for the study. The study revealed that crossbred cows were more economical and gave higher yield than the indigenous cows, inclusion of a few crossbred cows can increase the income of a dairy entrepreneur and provide gainful and round the year employment of its family labour

Keyword: Profitability; Dairy farm

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