Rabbit rearing can emerge as multi-crore industry in J&K: Samoon

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 official spokesperson.

He said that there is need to tap the potential of rabbit market fully so that employment avenues are created for younger generation.

Asking the officials to motivate and encourage the local youth for setting up rabbit rearing farms, Samoon said that J&K has potential to cater to the demand of rabbit skins which are imported from different countries for processing to make different products from them.

After having tour of the farm, Samoon directed the officers for major infrastructural build up in the farm so that it caters to the local needs of entrepreneurs, rabbit meat lovers and rabbit pet lovers.

The popular rabbit breeds which are reared in the farm French Angora, Gray Giants, New Zealand White and Chinchillas.

Later Samoon also visited Handwara area to take stock of assets of Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department. He visited Sheep breeding farm Poshnar to take stock of various assets available in the farm. He called for increasing the capacity of the farm to optimal besides its proper fencing.

He also interacted with local farmers and sought their suggestions and feedback in improving the functioning of the department for their betterment.

He also inaugurated a Veterinary dispensary constructed at a cost of Rs 33 lakh equipped with all the modern diagnostic equipment’s and medicines besides veterinary surgeons and Paravets for improved treatment of livestock in hilly areas.