Baramulla produces 45 lakh kg broiler meat, 70k litre surplus milk


Pattan, Mar, 30: Baramulla has come a long way in making substantial progress in cattle upgradation programme and as on date 65 per cent of its 2.25 lakh cattle population is crossbred Holstein Friesian or Jersey.
The district is pumping in over 70,000 litre raw milk to summer capital Srinagar milk market.
The district has also made a mark in poultry meat production, with annual production estimated at 45 lakh Kg, through its 350 registered farms.
The district has three large broiler farms with rearing capacity of forty thousand birds per cycle.
This was disclosed at a cattle show organised at Pattan on Thursday.
Imploring the youth to take up livestock based entrepreneurial activities Bashir Ahmad Bhat, DDC, Baramulla, who was the chief guest at the valedictory function of the cattle show promised that the district administration would be too willing to help such entrepreneurs in setting up such units.
He took a note of the complaint projected by some youth on the occasion that the banks were discouraging the interested youth from availing credit facilities. He said, “Livestock sector offers a great deal of opportunities for the unemployed youth with the financial assistance being available under centrally sponsored programmes like Dairy Entrepreneurial Development Scheme,  Venture Capital Fund Scheme and the state sector schemes like Sher-e-Kashmir Employment and Welfare Programme for Youth, State Self-Employment scheme.
The banks operating in the state shall have to make amends in their attitude towards the unemployed youth and help the state to fight unemployment and in preventing the flight of capital from the state by increasing local livestock production.”
Dr F A Kaloo, Director, Animal Husbandry Department, who presided over the function, gave a resume of the department’s achievements in improving the livestock production and productivity.
He said that the department has taken up an ambitious project on infrastructural development project under CSS, Livestock Health Scheme-Establishment & Strengthening of Veterinary Hospitals & Dispensaries across the state under which all the veterinary institutions dispensing services from rented buildings would be provided official accommodation.
For this he said that the communities with stakes in the livestock sector shall have to provide plots of land out of the community lands. Responding to the complaints about low quality Day-old Chicks and poultry and cattle feed being pumped in to the valley market by unscrupulous traders he said that that the government is contemplating to bring in laws that would regulate import/production, storage, trade, sale of such commodities.
He gave an outline of the department’s efforts in expanding its outreach programme and at providing services to the livestock farmers at their door step. This he said was necessitated by the increased motor transport that makes it difficult for farmers to carry their animals to and fro veterinary hospitals.
The duo later distributed prizes among the owners of cattle that were adjudged the best.
Some women farmers too received prizes for the better up keep of their animals.
Dr M Y Chaproo, Chief AH Officer, Baramulla gave a resume of the activities of the department in the district. Dr Muneer A Qazi, B V O Kunzer, in his opening remarks dwelt on benefits of livestock rearing and its spiritual aspects. Dr Peer Mushtaq Ahmad, BVIO Sopore presented a vote of thanks. Over 150 animals were brought to the show for competition and a cow with more than 30 litres of milk per day was adjudged the best animal of the show.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Mar 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 30 Mar 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 31 Mar 2012 00:00:00 IST

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