SRINAGAR: Veterinary Scientists here have called for creation of a veterinary university in Kashmir region to help attain attained self-sufficiency in animal wealth besides boost export of animal products and by-products
Veterinary Scientists Association (SVSA), Prof Shoab Ahmad Kamilduring his to scientists, academicians, officers of the university and officers of the animal and sheep husbandry department at a function here in the Faculty of Veterinary Sciences Shuhama said that Livestock husbandry has played a vital role in the sustainable rural economy of the State particularly in the hilly terrains of the valley where other agricultural activities are remote possibility.
He said that Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana have creating a separate veterinary university and have attained self-sufficiency and are leading exporters of animal products and by-products
He said that Livestock is one of the major sources of nutritional security. Besides, it has potential to contribute to rural upliftment, employment generation and poverty alleviation.
He further said that livestock sector contributes about 30% of the state agricultural GDP, despite an allocation of only 10% of the total allocation for agriculture sector in the valley where more than 80% people live in villages and about 20% of the population gets livelihood exclusively through Sheep, Goat, Cattle, Buffalo, Yak and Poultry rearing.
“In the undulant terrains animals play an important role in agricultural production by providing draught power from tilling to thrashing and manure for crop growth and fuel. Besides, the State has a tremendous scope for the propagation of cold-water/Hill fisheries especially in the temperate region of Kashmir. A large population is directly and indirectly dependent for their livelihood on the fisheries sector”.Kamil added
Prof Kamil exemplified Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Haryana who after creating a separate veterinary university have attained self-sufficiency and are leading exporters of animal products and by-products
Prof Kamil said that the demand of a separate veterinary university has been since last two decades and and was even backed by former Chief ministers, but they did not take any concrete steps to achieve this goal, calling upon the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to fulfill their demand.
Vice Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazeer Ahmed endorsed the views of Prof Kamil and said that the upliftmentof poor farmers through upgradationand modernisation of livestock sector has always been his priority and he has already submitted the proposal to government for the creation of a separate veterinary university in the state.
“In the Temperate and Cold Arid climatic conditions of Kashmir Valley and Ladakh, the contribution of Livestock sector to state GDP equals to that of Horticulture and I will press for the creation of a separate veterinary university at all the available platforms,” he said.