Govt for tapping livestock potential in JK
GK NEWS NETWORK
Jammu, Mar 23: Calling for strenuous efforts to achieve self-sufficiency in livestock and animal husbandry production, the Minister for Animal/Sheep Husbandry, Science and Technology and Information Technology, Aga Syed Ruhullah while replying to Demand for Grants for the departments under his charge in the legislative Assembly today, said that agriculture is the mainstay of State’s economy which contributes 40 per cent to the State’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with 11 per cent share from livestock sector, an official statement said.
Giving details about the Government initiatives to develop live stock in the State, the Minister said the department is providing animal health facilities besides, supplying of subsidized medicines, creation of gene bank for better varieties, prophylactic vaccination and surveillance of livestock disease. He said 1786 veterinary hospitals, 234 trial, 929 sheep, 1175 frozen semen centre and 11 liquid nitrogen plants, 10 poultry projects, 6 goat, 17 sheep, 4 cattle breeding, one camel and buffalo breeding farm are functioning to achieve the tangible targets on sustained basis.
About the production of livestock in the State, the Minister said that 16 lakh metric tones of milk, 275 lakh kgs mutton, 438 lakh kgs poultry meat, 51crore eggs and 69 lakh kgs wool has been produced during the last year. He said the live stock population has touched a new high of 1.05 crore in the State. The figure is to the satisfaction but the sector has more potential to contribute much more in the State’s GDP, he maintained.
The Minister said under Intensive Dairy Development Scheme, efforts are underway to strengthen the quality infrastructure of Milk Cooperative Societies through village chilling units, automatic milk collection system, tankers and coolers in the seven districts including Jammu, Kathua, Udhampur, Baramulla, Pulwama, Anantnag and Budgam.
The Minister said Rs. 1100 crore are drained out by importing 44 crore eggs, 193 lac kgs of poultry meat and 210 lakh kgs of mutton besides one lakh metric tones of milk per year from the neighbouring States. He said Government has taken various measures to reduce dependence on imports of live-stock products.
Aga Ruhullah said breeding coverage is being extended to the far-flung and remote areas to achieve 70 percent cross breeding population of cattle by the end of 2012, adding that all the 1786 veterinary centres will be equipped with frozen semen facility within next year.
The Minister said the recent Government decision to reduce duty on import of day old chicks has proved beneficial, as these has been an increase of 22 percent in the import of day old chicks (DOCs) in the State and reduction in the import of broilers and culled birds. He said the decision has encouraged the local enterprises to set up hatcheries adding that 10 private entrepreneurs are ready to establish hatcheries in the State including 4 projects in Kashmir Division and 3 from Jammu Division which will increase the DOCs production by 1.15 crore per year.
Regarding backyard poultry, the Minister said two projects worth Rs. 7.40 crore have been submitted to the Union Government through which 16000 BPL families would be provided 45 birds per family at 75 per cent subsidy.
He said sheep and goat rearing is the primary occupation of Nomads, like Bakerwals, Gaddis and Chopans, besides subsidiary occupation of rural population. Therefore, adequate steps are being taken to give boost to this sector. He said the population of sheep and goats has increased to 57 lakh which produces 275 lakhs kgs of muttons and 69 lakh of wool per year. He said exotic varieties like Merino, Corriedable and Rambouillet have been introduced for increasing the cross- breed population by 60 per cent. To induce exotic germ plasm in the sheep population, embrio transfer technology has been taken in hand and two laboratories, one at Panthal and other at Ganderbal, for the purpose, are being established in the State.
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