Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Asgar Hassan Samoon Saturday said that rabbit rearing can emerge as a multi-crore industry for its wool and meat in the state.
Samoon said this during his tour to Angora Rabbit Farm,Wussan in Pattan area of district Baramulla, according to an officialspokesperson.
He said that there is need to tap the potential of rabbitmarket fully so that employment avenues are created for younger generation.
Asking the officials to motivate and encourage the localyouth for setting up rabbit rearing farms, Samoon said that J&K haspotential to cater to the demand of rabbit skins which are imported fromdifferent countries for processing to make different products from them.
After having tour of the farm, Samoon directed the officersfor major infrastructural build up in the farm so that it caters to the localneeds of entrepreneurs, rabbit meat lovers and rabbit pet lovers.
The popular rabbit breeds which are reared in the farmFrench Angora, Gray Giants, New Zealand White and Chinchillas.
Later Samoon also visited Handwara area to take stock ofassets of Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department. He visited Sheep breedingfarm Poshnar to take stock of various assets available in the farm. He calledfor increasing the capacity of the farm to optimal besides its proper fencing.
He also interacted with local farmers and sought theirsuggestions and feedback in improving the functioning of the department fortheir betterment.
He also inaugurated a Veterinary dispensary constructed at acost of Rs 33 lakh equipped with all the modern diagnostic equipment's andmedicines besides veterinary surgeons and Paravets for improved treatment oflivestock in hilly areas.