For organised trade of livestock, Jammu and Kashmir Government is going to setup sheep markets in every district, besides slaughter houses in every block of the state.
According to an official spokesperson, this was stated by principal secretary animal, sheep and fisheries department Asghar Hassan Samoon during a three-day tour of Chenab valley to review the sheep, animal, fisheries and transport department in the area.
Highlighting the consumption of meat and potential of the livestock sector in the state, Samoon said there is need to organise this sector and sheep Mandis will give it an organised look besides motivating more and more youth to become livestock entrepreneurs.
"Hundreds of sheep are imported in the state every year. It is important to provide platform to the industry. Establishment of sheep Mandis will be win-win situation for both customer and traders. Other than giving space to traders to sell their livestock, it will save customers from overpricing," Samoon told officials.
Samoon also called for setting up new slaughter houses in every block besides reviving existing slaughter houses on scientific lines. He asked for identifying land and submitting detailed project reports (DPRs) at the earliest.
He also asked for attracting young aspiring entrepreneurs for establishing medium to large sheep farms and facilitating credit lending scheme through banks.
Samoon also called for submitting proposal of setting up poly clinics, laboratories and veterinary hospitals in all areas and upgrading existing infrastructure. He along with deputy commissioners also visited various sites for setting up infrastructure of these departments.
During meeting with transport officials, Samoon said Rs 10 crore have been released for procuring new buses for improving transport facilities especially in hungry routes.
Transport officers were directed to provide route more route permit to the unemployed youth with a rider that they will play their vehicles in their respective areas of Chenab valley only so that issue of overloading is addressed.
Strictly calling for allowing only good condition buses to play on the Chenab roads, Samoon directed for not allowing above 15 years of vehicles on Chenab roads. He also called for setting up vehicle inspection and certification centers in Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar districts.