JK’s ‘oldest sheep farm’ to get a face-lift

JK’s ‘oldest sheep farm’ to get a face-lift
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Minister calls for maintaining its hygiene, cleanliness

REASI: Minister of State for Forests, PHE, Irrigation, Flood Control, Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Mir Zahoor Ahmad on Saturday visited Sheep Breeding and Research Farm, Reasi and took stock of its activities besides inspecting the farm.
The minister issued instructions to the concerned authorities for maintaining hygiene and cleanliness in and around the farm which he said “will prove beneficial for healthy life of livestock available in the farm as well as the employees working there”, an official handout read.
Saying that the doctor’s job is similar to worship, the minister said it is the responsibility of doctors to work with utmost dedication, honesty and punctuality.
The farm is the oldest sheep farm in the state and is spread over 5563 kanals and 06 marlas. There are presently 1420 sheep available in the farm. 150 sheep were distributed to Panthal Sheep Farm during the current fiscal so far, the handout read.
The minister stressed for face-lifting and renovation of existing structures available in the farm and instructed the concerned for upgradation and macdamisation of 2 Kms length link road to the farm.
Interacting with the sheep and goat breeders at different places, Mir Zahoor said that animal and sheep sectors have been tagged as the priority sectors by the government and in this regard focused attention was being laid on providing infrastructure at the door steps of people living in remote and far-flung areas and make it a profitable activity.
He said, “Rearing of livestock is a traditional activity of the people of the state,” adding that “it is need of the hour to boost it on modern and scientific lines”.
Various intervention schemes have been launched, while new technologies were being introduced to increase the livestock to attain self-sufficiency in dairy, mutton and milk products in the state which are presently imported from outside, the handout further read.
The minister asked the farmers to take advantage of the centrally sponsored and state sector schemes launched for increasing their productivity and better results.
Responding to the incident of death of some sheep in Mohare area, the minister directed the Director Sheep Husbandry Jammu to “send a team of doctors immediately to Mohare area and investigate the cause of death of some sheep there and submit a detailed report in this regard”, the handout added.