‘JK still relying on mutton, poultry imports to meet local demand’

Ruhullah for bridging demand-supply gap

AH schemes reviewed


Jammu, Nov 15: Emphasizing the need for effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes under Animal and Sheep Husbandry Sector, Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Aga Syed Ruhullah, has asked the officers to ensure full achievement of the targets fixed for the current fiscal.
 The Minister was reviewing the physical and financial achievements of Animal and Sheep Husbandry departments at an officers meeting here today, an official statement said.
 Secretary Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Muhammad Ashraf Bukhari, Director Animal Husbandry,   Dr. P K Magotra, Director Sheep Husbandry, S K Sharma, besides senior district level officers of Jammu division were present on the occasion.
 Describing Sheep and Animal Husbandry sector a potential income generating sector, Aga Ruhullah asked officers to launch awareness programme at large scale in rural areas and motivate educated youth for setting up sheep rearing, dairy and poultry units.
 He said the State was still relying on mutton and poultry imports to meet the local demands, adding the time has come to formulate a comprehensive plan for increasing mutton and poultry production in the State to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
 Ruhullah said that Jammu division was achieving self sufficiency in milk production, adding the need was to concentrate on production of milk by-products.
 He said a team of officers would be deputed to Gujarat to know the methods adopted there for promotion of dairy sector. He said self sufficiency in the production of milk, mutton and poultry can be achieved only after taking concrete measures for genetic improvement of animals.
 The Minister asked officers to explore the ways for introducing backyard sheep units on the pattern of backyard poultry so that schemes would be formulated accordingly. He said “This is the best way for improving the economy of the families living in rural and far flung areas and below poverty line. He said on one hand it will become their economic activity and on other hand increase mutton production in the State.  
 Giving the details of the achievements recorded by the department, the Director Animal Husbandry said that bovine population in   Jammu division has reached to 29 lakh including 10.26 lakh buffaloes. He said 661 regular veterinary institutions are working in the division to cater to the needs of the farmers and progressive breeders. He said apart from this 117 trial centers are also running in the division.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 15 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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