Pulwama, Dec 9: Pulwama, known as Anand of Kashmir for its huge milk production, is proving its prowess in poultry as well. The 612 poultry farms spread across the district have produced as many as 61.85 lakh broilers last year.
This was revealed by Dr Rafiq A Naqashbandi on Monday at the launching ceremony of Rural Backyard Poultry Development Scheme in the district. He added: "Even as winter has set in, a large number of poultry farms are still in production."
District Development Commissioner, Muhammad Afzal Bhat, who presided over the function and launched the programme in the South Kashmir district urged the people present on the occasion to extend their hand of cooperation to the developmental departments to reap the benefits of various developmental programmes aimed at poverty alleviation and employment generation.
He referred to the "mal practices" being resorted to by some unscrupulous elements that according to him have spoiled the saffron industry, handicrafts, etc.
Bhat urged the beneficiaries to encourage their unemployed youth to come forward and take up poultry production and activities allied to it as their main avocation.
Dr F A Kaloo, Chief Executive Officer, Livestock Development Board, Kashmir while addressing the farmers said: "The Rural Backyard Development Component of the Poultry Development Programme is exclusively meant for the families living below poverty line with the main objective of supplementing their nutrition and income."
He urged the beneficiaries to rear the poultry birds as per the guiding principles told to them during the awareness programme held early in the day.
Dr G A Malik, Poultry Development Officer, Pulwama, said the department had identified 916 families from the district for extending support during the current year under the programme.
The DDC distributed four-week old chicks of Vana Raja line and cheques for purchase of materials for coop, waters and feeders among the beneficiaries.
Nazir Ahmad Neloora, a prominent public figure of the district was also present.