In a major boost to improve the quality of sheep in J&K, Government of India for the first time has approved quarantine facility of imported Australian Merino sheep in J&K instead of earlier practice of quarantine at a Delhi facility.
A team from Government of India will soon visit the Sheep Breeding Farm Daksum for inspection of the facility, Principal Secretary Animal Husbandry Department Asghar Hassan Samoon said this during a review meeting of the Sheep Husbandry Department here on Thursday, according to an official spokesperson.
Under the National Livestock Mission, the central government approved funds to three states– Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir — for transporting Merino breed from Australia.
J&K has got major share of the central government scheme worth Rs 13.28 crore in the ratio of 90: 10 (Centre: state).
Samoon said that the Merino sheep would be first quarantined in Australia and kept under observation for a month.
“They will be brought to Daksum Sheep Breeding Farm and for two generations, the sheep would be reared there. From third generation, they will be given to farmers with a clause that the pure blood breeding should not exceed 75 percent of the population,” he told officials.
Samoon said that the aim of importing Marino sheep to J&K is to improve the production so that the farmers will get benefited besides improving growth rate/carcass weight and stopping inbreeding depression.
He also said that the import of Marino rams will also improve fineness of wool besides enhanced wool production.
He also took stock of status of various sheep/goat farms across the state and asked the officers to improve the facilities there besides enhancing fodder production.
Samoon asked the officers to explore possibilities of setting up more sheep farms and timely completion of projects projected under NABARD, state and central government funding.