‘Choose live-stock rearing as a career option’

2 Model Sheep villages to be established in JK on pilot basis: Minister

SRINAGAR: Re-affirming his commitment to boost live-stock production in the state, Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli Monday said government is contemplating to set up Sheep Mandis in various parts of the state.
He said the aim and objective of setting up such mandies is to give flip to live-stock especially, sheep and goat rearing so that the state becomes self-reliant, read an official press note issued here.
While chairing a high level meeting of officers convened to review the measures being taken by the department for increasing the live-stock population in Sangrama Constituency here Monday, it was informed that first of its kind Sheep Mandi would be established at Sharakwara in Baramula soon.
Minister for Horticulture, Syed Basharat Ahmad Bukhari was also present in the meeting.
Stressing on minimizing the import of live-stock including chickens, eggs from other states, the minister urged farmers in general and youth in particular to “choose live-stock rearing as a career option so that it will not only change the socio-economic profile of the people but will provide employment avenues to a major chunk of unemployed youth”. The minister stressed upon the youth to come forward and avail the benefits of the schemes launched by the government for increasing the live-stock in the state.
“The department envisages creating Model Sheep Villages at Cluster level in the state and two such villages are being created in Sangrama and Kalakote constituencies on pilot basis,” further read the press note.
The minister said Model Sheep Villages would give boost to livestock production, increase employment generation besides resulting in organized sheep farming in and around the village. “Work on Rs 2. 28 crore Duck Breeding Farm at Haritaar is in full swing and will be completed shortly,” it added.
“Identify suitable land for another Duck Breeding Farm at Hajin so that the funds are arranged accordingly,” Kohli directed the concerned officers.
He also directed the Director Fisheries to immediately visit to Haritaar, Ningli and “address the problems being faced by fisherman population in the area”.
Commissioner Secretary Animal, Sheep and Fisheries R.K. Bhagat, Director, Animal Husbandry Kashmir Dr. Nazir Ahmad, Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh, Director Fisheries R.N. Pandita and other senior officers attended the meeting.