The promotion of family sheep-farming in Mexico through subsidies in assets: lessons learned.
Keywords:Sheep, subsidies, innovation management, effi ciency of public spending.
of this work was to determine the impact of subsidies given
in assets for the purchase of productive actives in familiar
sheep production units (UPF) in the state of Mexico.
A survey was carried-out among 58 sheep farmers in a
population of 475 benefi ciaries, from January to March
of 2007. Seventeen months after subsidy release, 16% of
UPF were closed, 48% were stable or growing, and 36%
were contracting. Herd dynamics could be explained on
the basis of previous experience of the sheep farmer, the
capacity of the UPF to produce the feed required by the
herd, the adoption of new innovative and good practices the
production system, the network of knowledge to which the
farmer belongs, the sheep quality offered by the network of
livestock providers; and the conception of the activity of
the producer himself, as savings or as a business. Subsidies
directed to this activity did not increase productive capacity
of the herds, and did not generate wealth or employment.
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