JK’s first ‘Poultry Village’ comes up in Rajouri

Minister for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli, on Monday inaugurated the first ‘poultry village’ of J&K at Rani-Badetar Kalakote in Rajouri district of Pir Panchal region.
JK’s first ‘Poultry Village’ comes up in Rajouri

Minister for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli, on Monday inaugurated the first 'poultry village' of J&K at Rani-Badetar Kalakote in Rajouri district of Pir Panchal region. 

On the occasion, the Minister distributed one thousand chicks of Ven-Raja and RIR breed among 50 BPL families, an official spokesman said.

Addressing a public gathering, he said the scheme of creating poultry villages will play an important role in ensuring food security besides generating employment opportunities in rural areas.

The Minister said Jammu division produces 21.7 crore table eggs and around 400 lakh kg poultry meat annually and despite such huge production the State has to import poultry products worth Rs 735 crore annually. He said the government has decided to establish poultry villages in each constituency of the state to boost local production.

The Minister expressed hope that people of villages will optimally utilize this scheme to further boost their business and thus raise their socio-economic standards. He exhorted upon the officers to explore possibilities of running hatcheries in other parts of district on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

Reiterating the government's commitment of making the rural areas of the state self-sustainable, the Minister said that government has launched many developmental schemes for uplifting the rural sector and have started yielding tangible results. He asked the people to come forward and avail the benefit of these schemes. 

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