Not just water and tourism, livestock can make our economy formidable
For whatever reasons we have messed up with the hierarchical categorization of our economic activities. We place so much emphasis on any one sector that it seems our economy is just about that.
The fact of the matter is that there are multiple activities that contribute to the economic pool of our state; true, among them some contribute more. One such contribution comes from the livestock breeding, particularly sheep husbandry. With very shallow industrial activity, and a limited service sector it was in the fitness of things that our state promoted the activities like sheep husbandry; an activity that has a potential of contributing enormously to the state economy. This newspaper has time and again brought this aspect of our economy in the public domain and tried to goad the administration into some active consideration in this regard. But sad to note, nothing seems to move in this direction. The latest is that the government apathy has put this economic sector to ruins.
It’s no news that the massive floods of September 2014, apart from devastating the dwellings, markets, and the public infrastructure, also imparted a severe blow to livestock. There was an urgent need that the concerned department is put back on the rails, so that the losses are compensated and the breeders are not left in a helpless situation. But the department is still struggling to rebuild its infrastructure because no funds have been made available to it. Just to get a sense of how enormous a loss this department, and by consequence the Kashmir economy, has suffered, it is enough to note that livestock numbering 66,000 has perished in the floods. If these are the figures given by the directorate imagine the actual figures in the entire state. This means that the loss is colossal, in simple words. So the task ahead is to refurbish the department and also work hard in reviving this sector. It would need disseminating more information about this activity so that more people engage with it, and also help the new and young entrepreneurs to establish their units.