Success Story of C. V. Lokesh Gowda as a Sheep Farmer
I, C. V. Lokesh Gowda, am a software engineer by profession and had been overseas in various countries on software assignment with many major software companies, my zeal for my mother land and agriculture made me to resign my profession and landed me where I am at present
After my return to India I was fascinated towards agriculture and integrated farming and there by to serve the society and the down trodden, I started cultivating a piece of land at Sidlaghatta taluk which is my native place, also I started sheep farming with the basic stock of 50 animals about 8 years ago, during these 8 years my farm has grown to the strength of 400 to 450 animals and I am contended that I am able to provide breeding animals to the needy farmers in Karnataka and also to the various central And State Government Organizations, in the meanwhile I established “LOKEE FOUNDATION” an NGO with the objective of upliftment of poor in the rural area and empowerment of rural women.
Further I am instrumental in establishing Progressive Sheep Cooperative Society (R), at Sidlaghatta to unite the ununited farmers engaged in sheep and goat farming. The sheep and goat farming sector is highly economical entity wher as the farmers enaged in it get meager returns because of the problems faced in marketing of their product, The Progressive Sheep Cooperative Society (R) in its place has insured overall development of sheep and goat production in its Jurisection and also has ensured proper profitable marketing facilities to the farmers. The Progressive Sheep Cooperative Society (R) has been providing below mention facilities to its member farmers.
1. Distribution of Choff cutters
2. Providing loans
3. Providing free Fodder seeds
4. Providing free mineral mixture
5. Providing Training in Scientific Sheep Farming
6. Providing Insurance Policy for sheep and its owners
7. Providing scholarship to the member's children
8. Providing free medical treatment to animals
I, C. V. Lokesh Gowda being the founder of LOKEE FOUNDATION and President of Progressive Sheep Cooperative Society (R), have been instrumental in enhancing the financial income of the rural families by way of providing them with various economic activities as noted above and difference brought about in the society by my humble service is evident by the bettered living status of rural families and the empowered women having economical independent life.
I being a humble servant of the downtrodden, I wish to continue my service to the society till I breath my last.