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Indian Journal of Small Ruminants (The)
Year : 2021, Volume : 27, Issue : 2
First page : ( 275) Last page : ( 279)
Print ISSN : 0971-9857. Online ISSN : 0973-9718.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0973-9718.2021.00056.8

What determines migration of sheep flocks? evidences from thar desert of Rajasthan

Chand Khem*, Choudhary B.B., Suresh A.1, Mishra A.K.2, Gaur M.K.2, Singh Priyanka3, Louhaichi M.4

ICAR-Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi-284 003, Uttar Pradesh

1ICAR-Central Institute for Fish Technology, Cochin-682 029, Kerala

2ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur-342 003, Rajasthan

3ICAR-Central Agro-Forestry Research Institute, Jhansi-284 003, Uttar Pradesh

4International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Area (ICARDA), Amman, Jordan

*E-mail address: kcmamnani@gmail.com

Online published on 23 September, 2021.


Based on primary data collected from 250 households rearing sheep, the socio-economic determinants of sheep migration and major constraints faced by them in arid region of Rajasthan was investigated in the year 2013–14. Pucca house, electricity and veterinary services in the villages significantly restrained the migration decision of house holds. The migratory house holds had significantly larger flock size (109 sheep) and more adult members (2.08) in the family than non-migratory ones. The major constraints faced by the households in sheep rearing were poor availability and high cost of feed and fodder, veterinary services and uncertainty of rainfall. Systematic public investment in streng the ning commong razing lands would be an imperative for sedentarization of migrating populations.



Arid region, Rajasthan, Sheep migration, Socio-economic determinants.


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