Animal and Sheep Husbandry Minister Abdul GaniKohli today inaugurated Rs 57.40 lakh district laboratory-cum-store building of Sheep Husbandry Department at Haripora in Ganderbal district.
The building housing fully equipped laboratory would facilitate treatment of livestock besides act as multiple store for feed and fodder, an official spokesperson said.
On the occasion, the department organized an awareness camp for the sheep breeders of the area in which a good number of farmers were present.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that about 80 percent population of the State lives in the rural areas and most of them are directly or indirectly involved in livestock farming. He said this sector is emerging as important growth leverage to State economy and its share to Gross State Domestic Products is also increasing. He said that with the strenuous efforts of the present dispensation the livestock is emerging as an important sector in the economy.
"From livelihood perspective, the livestock is considered as an important instrument in poverty alleviation," said the Minister. He said livestock provides the major extra contribution to agriculture through manure, fuel and as a fertilizer apart from meat, milk, eggs that grant a regular supplementary income and employment.
Earlier, the minister inspected functioning of Sheep Products Development Board commonly known as Wool Board at Nowshehra, Srinagar and took stock of its activities.
The Minister was apprised that the Board has earned an amount of Rs 1.50 crore on account of sale of graded wool during this year, so far. He was informed that there is 6.40 lakh kgs raw wool available in the Wool Boards of Kashmir and Jammu.