Journal of Veterinary and Animal Sciences

Volume: 55 Issue: 1

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  • Research Article

Socio-economic status of the cattle farmers of Lakshadweep islands

F.M. Beegum Farhana1, S. Harikumar1, S. Biju1, Joseph Mathew1, P. Reeja George2 and V.M. Abdul Gafoor3

1. Department of Livestock Production Management

2. Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education

College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur- 680 651 Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University Kerala, India

3. ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Kavaratti, Lakshadweep

*Corresponding author: [email protected], Ph. 9447386770

Year: 2024, Page: 71-78, Doi:

Received: Sept. 25, 2023 Accepted: Nov. 20, 2023 Published: March 31, 2024


An investigation on the socio-economic characteristics of the cattle farmers of Lakshadweep islands was carried out. Twenty cattle farmers each were randomly selected from five islands viz. Minicoy, Amini, Kavaratti, Androth and Agatti and a total of 100 farmers formed the respondents of the study. Data were collected using pretested structured interview schedules during the period from January to March 2023. Analysis of data revealed that majority (46 per cent) of cattle farmers were less than 40 years of age and men were engaged to a greater extent in this vocation (92 per cent). The educational status of most of the farmers was that of secondary school (44 per cent). Dairying was reported as a subsidiary occupation by 32 per cent of the farmers. About 80 per cent of the farmers had between one to two animals with less than 10 years of experience. The annual income from cattle farming in Lakshadweep islands was Rs. 25,000 or below. It could be observed that cattle farmers in Lakshadweep islands were small holders but relatively young and educated and considered dairy farming as an extra source of income.

Keywords: Socio-economic status, cattle farmers, Lakshadweep


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Farhana, F.M.B., Harikumar, S., Biju, S., Mathew, J., George, P.R. and Gafoor, V.M.A. 2024. Socio-economic status of the cattle farmers of Lakshadweep islands. J. Vet. Anim. Sci. 55(1):71-77