Wynd Valley

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Animal Husbandry

Animal husbandry has considerable scope for development in this district. Though its potential has not been properly exploited, it is one of the sectors capable of bringing about speedy economic and social transformation in the rural areas. The predominance of forests and grasslands is congenial for the development of cattle wealth. Commercial poultry rearing as a subsidiary occupation has immense scope for increasing the farm income of the rural people.

Livestock Population*

Category Nos.

Buffaloes 5,307

Cattle 1,09,257

Ducks 3,037

Fowls 3,11,332

Goats 33,258

Pigs 2,770

Sheep 447 

*Live stock Census 2001.

The district has a District Veterinary Center, two Veterinary Poly Clinics, one Regional Artificial Insemination Center, six Veterinary Hospitals, seventeen Veterinary Dispensaries and 74 I.C.D.P Sub Centers.


The dairy industry is well fledged in Wayanad. Climate and Tropical features were boosted the total development of the milk farmers. There are 51 milk co-operative societies in this district, out of which 34 are functioning as Anand Pattern. 10 milk societies are computerised. The Production of milk in Wayanad for 2001 - 2002 is 2,22,56,207 ltrs. Poothadi panchayat produces the maximum milk. Then come Ambalavayal and Mullankolly. Pozhuthana panchayat produces the least.


The co-operative movement is giving a fillip to development in the district. There are 327 co-operative institutions. There is a District Co-operative Bank, 3 Co-operative Urban Banks, 29 Primary Agricultural Service Banks and a Land Mortgage Bank. There is one Farmers' Co-operative Bank at Mananthavady.

There are 25 SC-ST Co-operative Societies and 39 Agricultural Marketing Societies. There are eight Co-operative Housing Societies, three Co-operative Collective Farms, 43 Labour Contract Societies and ninteen Consumer Stores. 21 Employees' Co-operative Societies and 78 School / College Societies are there in the district. There are also 17 Consumer Stores, nine Poultry farming Co-operative Societies, 3 Co-operative Hospitals, 4 Co-operative Colleges and 12 Women Co-operative Societies.

Mananthavady Tribal Plantations Co-operative Ltd. (Priyadarsini Tea Estate), which is engaged in tea production and marketing, South Wayanad Joint Farming Co-operative Society (Sugandhagiri Cardamom Project) which is concentrated in cardamom production and distribution and Wayanad Coffee Marketing Co-operative Society (coffee marketing) are the three successful institutions in the co-operative sector.


The Wayanad district employment exchange functions at Kalpetta. Two town employment exchanges also are functioning at Mananthavady and Sulthan Bathery .A mobile employment exchange functions under the Integrated Tribal Development Project, specially for the scheduled tribes. Districts employment exchange has a unit for career guidance and another for self-employment schemes. 86,489 candidates have registered as on March 2002 of these 44,276 are women,4348 are belonging to sc communities ,7,700 are belonging to ST communities and 774 are under the category of physically handicapped.

Mass Media

No major newspaper is being published from Wayanad. But important dailies like Mathrubhoomi, Malayala Monorama,Kerala Kaumudi, Deepika, Madhyamam, Deshabhimani, Siraj, Mangalam, Chandrika, Janmabhoomi, etc. have their bureau and correspondents at the headquarters.

A Doordashan relay centre is functioning at Kalpetta and there are 36 cinema theatres in the district.


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