Developing Infrastructure for Animal Husbandry

Justification:  There is need to ameliorate problems related to gradually declining animal husbandry, under-utilization of  pastures due to security seasons, economic disparities between farmers in irrigated areas and others and resulting migration.

Goal:  The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the income level of relatively poor farmers subsisting on sheep farming by revitalizing this sector.

Objectives: Revitalizing animal husbandry sector; increasing incomes of landless and small farmers; implementation of participatory and sustainable animal framing model in the region; reducing intra-regional income disparities; contributing to regional and national economy and curbing migration.


Launched in 1998 the project is implemented in cooperation with Provincial Governorates and Directorates of Agriculture. The “Contract Animal Husbandry Project” was started to improve the income level of small farmers on non-irrigated areas which include:

  • Şırnak (İkizce, Şenoba and Taşdelen villages and Beytüşşebap District),
  • Mardin (Kayadere village and Bengüsu, Kocasırt, Duygulu and Yüceli) villages in Mardin) and  Batman (Tosunpınar village and two more villages in Beşiri District)

In the period 1998-2009 10,850 Awassi breed sheep were provided to 1,011 farmers as follows:

  • 6,952 sheep to 656 farmers in Şırnak
  • 2,895 sheep to 263 farmers in Mardin, and
  • 1,003 sheep to 92 farmers in Batman.
In the period 2009-2018, 30 projects were given support in the GAP region.