COST AND RETURN FROM MILK PRODUCTION AMONG TRIBALS (GUJJARS) IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS OF JAMMU REGION OF J&K STATE IN INDIA
The present investigation is an attempt to study the cost and return structure of milk production by one of the well known pastoral communities- the Gujjars of the Jammu and Kashmir state. The study was undertaken in the Jammu region (Subtropics). About 200 household was studied in different districts of Jammu region and it was found that the daily net maintenance cost per milking buffalo in different farm size groups on overall Jammu regions was Rs. 138.44 for small farms, Rs. 134.94 for medium farms, Rs. 138.23 for large farms and Rs. 137.49 for overall respectively. The corresponding net returns per milking buffalo were Rs. 37.03, Rs. 39.55, Rs. 41.50 and Rs. 36.34 for small farms, medium farms, large farms and overall respectively. The net returns were much higher for milch buffaloes in medium farms.