JAMMU: The state government on Friday said that it spends Rs 11.42 per animal for providing health care facilities and fodder improvement.
This was disclosed by Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli while winding up the discussion on demand of grants for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries departments.
Kohli said the government has also taken initiatives to provide relief to the cattle owners by insuring animals and this has been projected under National Livestock Mission which is under consideration of GoI.
“Presently Rs 11.42 is being spent by the Government per Animal/annum in the State for providing health care facilities and improvement of fodder for animals”, the Minister said.
He said in order to boost up activities of these sectors, the department is in the process of introducing various new initiatives which are aimed at making these sectors viable and profitable.
He said that special incentive based schemes are also being framed and introduced for unemployed youth to augment the local milk, poultry, mutton and fish in the state. He said that the department is actively considering for opening of at least one dairy village in each constituency.
“During 2015-16 around 8 lakh artificial inseminations were provided to the cows to further increase milk production in future,” he said.
The Minister said many initiatives including formulating a people-friendly grazing policy in consultation with Forest Department so that the breeders can have access to the. He said the other initiatives include establishing vast network of veterinary centers, modernized labs at Jammu and Srinagar besides providing medicines on subsidized rates.
The department he added is actively pursuing for establishment of more Mini-Sheep Farms and revision in the cost with the Planning and Finance Department, he added. In the Poultry sector, the department is envisaging some new methods and taking steps to declare the poultry farming activity an industry so that it gets the incentives, the Minister said.
The Minister said that to spruce up the fisheries sector, a New Fisheries Act replacing the Fisheries Act, 1903 has been finalized by the Department and shall be placed before the State Cabinet for approval.
Besides, Government of India has also sanctioned a scheme called Blue Revolution under which an amount of Rs 13 crore has been sanctioned by the Centre which will give further boost to the production of Fish in the State, the Minister added
According to the department there are around 15,000 fishermen who are able to produce 20000 metric tons of fish within the State. Later, the House passed the grants of Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Departments, for the year 2017-18, which were moved by the Minister, amounting to Rs 53321.29 lakh and 8503.37 lakh respectively with voice vote.