Reviews performance of animal, sheep sectors
JAMMU: To boost poultry faming in the state, Minister of State for Forest, Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmad on Thursday said that government was working on a proposal to establish a ‘mega hatchery plant’.
He said a Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be formulated and submitted for approval and funding, an official handout read.
Chairing a meeting of the officers of animal, sheep husbandry departments here on Thursday, Mir Zahoor reviewed the pace of progress of various works undertaken under these sectors. The minister said that the state was lacking in poultry and egg production and there was a huge monopoly of rates in the market.
He said it was the need of the hour to fill the gap and establishing of a mega hatchery plant in the state would greatly help in meeting the demands for poultry and eggs.
The minister also sought feedback on various issues including conduct of departmental promotion committee meetings, regularisation of promotions, referring of vacancies to recruitment agencies and pace of progress of ongoing works.
According to the handout, the process for importing ram sheep has been started and for the purpose a DPR of Rs 3 crore has already been submitted to the concerned quarters. The minister asked the sheep department to go for high quality multipurpose merino ram, taking the agro climatic condition of J&K State in consideration.
4.5 crore day old chicks (DOC) are produced in Kashmir division and 2.5 crore (DOC) imported per year, while Jammu division produces 1.5 crore DOCs per year, the handout further read.
It read, of 77 veterinary surgeons posts, 40 were in position. The minister asked for close monitoring of existing poultry units and sheep farms with special focus on cleanliness and hygiene in and around the units.
The meeting was attended by Commissioner Secretary, Animal Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, R K Bhagat, Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir, Director Animal Husbandry Jammu, Director Sheep Husbandry Jammu and other senior officers of Animal and Sheep Husbandry Departments,