Livestock, Grassland Development Action Plan approved

SRINAGAR: The State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) for implementation of the National Livestock Mission (NLM) Wednesday approved the proposed Rs 16.95 crore Livestock and Grassland Development Action Plan 2014-15.
An official handout issued here said the approval was granted in the committee’s first meeting held in the winter capital Jammu.
Headed by Chief Secretary Iqbal Khandey, the SLEC reviewed the impact and outcome of various livestock and poultry development schemes under implementation in the state, it said.
The meeting discussed the steps to be followed towards achieving self sufficiency in Animal and Sheep Husbandry sectors, it added.
“Under the Mission, the state government seeks quantitative and qualitative improvement in livestock production including poultry and milk yield, addressing the problems of scarcity of animal feed resources, skill development of farmers and Para-vets, technology transfer and extension,” the handout said.
The meeting, it said, highlighted the need to focus on popularizing the backyard rearing of the poultry birds to decrease dependence on import of the poultry products including meat and eggs, establishment of small poultry units for selling the produce in local market, and to upgrade the farm efficiency.