SRINAGAR: The government Saturday asked the authorities not to allow transport of bovine animals from Jammu to other districts of the state without the written orders.
An official handout issued here said the District Magistrate Jammu, Ajeet Kumar Sahu, asked the authorities in Animal Husbandry, Forests and JK Police that “no bovine animals such as Cow, Oxen, Calves etc shall be transported from Jammu to other district without seeking written permission from the District Magistrate or Additional District Magistrate under certain conditions”.
Sahu, it said, directed the officers to arrange a camp of veterinary doctors at the checkpoints “to check the transportation of bovine animals like milk cattle and drought animals transported in trucks” from Jammu to other districts of the state.
He asked them not to allow anyone through without checking the permission documents, the handout said, adding that he also called for strict monitoring of the transportation of bovine animals under norms.
He told the officers that smuggling of bovine animals will not be tolerated.
“If found, stern action will be initiated against the defaulter and the officer,” he said.
The District Magistrate directed the concerned authorities to provide “wayside basic facilities” to the nomads travelling on foot with their cattle.
Meanwhile the Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Sajad Gani Lone, urged the sheep farmers and dairy unit holders to come forward for increase in mutton and milk production in Kashmir Valley.
Speaking at a function organised by Chowdhary Group of Hat Trick Milk and Dairy Products in collaboration of with FORMECA at SKICC here, Lone said the increase in milk and mutton production would create employment ventures for the unemployed, educated youth in the Valley.
“A large number of youth could rear the sheep and run dairy units by availing the benefits offered under schemes of the Sheep and Animal Husbandry departments,” he said.