PULWAMA: Animal husbandry and dairying can be a game changer in enhancing the economy of the state, District Development Commissioner (DDC) Pulwama Ghulam Mohammad Dar on Tuesday said adding it had potential to transform the socio-economic development. He was speaking at a function organised by Department of Animal husbandry here, an official press note read.
The function was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner Pulwama Showkat Ahmad Rather, joint director planning, chief animal husbandry officer, block veterinary officers of the district and other officers and officials of the department.
According to the press note, the DDC said the agro-climatic conditions of the state were favourable for growth of animal sector and could compete with European countries which have same climates.
He further said that dairying had a potential to generate an additional income for the rural people and its contribution to the state’s income could be invaluable.
He further added, “The Department of Animal Husbandry should emphasise on enhancement of productivity to increase domestic production and in this regard the need of hour is to strive for genetic up-gradation with focus on veterinary healthcare besides organising commercial sheep and dairy farming.”
Chief Animal Husbandry Officer gave a brief profile of the department and highlighted its role and achievements.
The district has been number one in milk production and is self-sufficient in poultry. Because of the sustained efforts by the department, a perceptible change is being seen among the people with regard to dairying which in turn is boosting self-employment and entrepreneurship in animal husbandry sector, the press note added.