Srinagar, Oct 9: Jammu and Kashmir State has failed to become self-sufficient when it comes to production of eggs, mutton and poultry. As a result of which state had to depend on the imports to meet demand of these items during 2012-13, reads a report tabled in Legislative Council during the current session.
Pertinently, member Legislative Council, B R Kundal in his query had asked the state government to provide figures relating to total milk, eggs and mutton production in the state. In reply to the query, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry, Nazir Gurezi tabled the report prepared by Animal Husbandry department in the LC.
As per the report, in Jammu and Kashmir total requirement of mutton during 2012-13 was 560 lakh kg. "However local production was 336.35 lakh Kg out of which Jammu produced 207.43 lakh Kg mutton while Kashmir's overall production stood at 128.92 lakh Kgs. In order to reduce the gap between demand and supply 248 lakh kgs were imported," the report reads.
As per the report the poultry scenario in the state is no different. The requirement of poultry during the year 2012-13 was met from 543 lakh kgs local production and import of 130 lakh kgs.
"Thus an estimated requirement of poultry in the state was 673 lakh Kg," it reads. Jammu and Kashmir recorded egg production of 246.46 and 240.34 million respectively from two provinces. While as per ICMR norms of 180 eggs/person/year, the total requirement of eggs for state is 2250 million.
However during the year 2012-13, in Jammu milk production stands at 8.03 lakh MTs and Kashmir at 12.19 lakh Mts. While as the overall production of milk in the state was at 20.22 lakh Mts, which as per the report is higher than the demand and requirement.
Gurezi in written reply to query regarding steps taken by state government to increase production of mutton, eggs and milk said: "State government is encouraging people to establish sheep units under different schemes where bank loans and financial help is provide to them."
He said that vertical growth by infusing new scientific innovations was introduced in local flocks to upgrade indigenous sheep population of the state.
On question regarding the production of eggs and poultry, reply reads that the department is proactively pursuing introduction of high yielding, dual purpose (for eggs and meat) variety of birds in backyard poultry through state sector and rural backyard poultry scheme.