‘Efforts on to persuade unemployed youth to start their own income generating units’
ANANTNAG: To discuss the achievements of the by Department of Animal Husbandry and challenges ahead, a day-long seminar on “Livestock Development and Present Day Challenges’’ was organised by Department of Animal Husbandry in collaboration with Jammu & Kashmir Veterinary Doctors Association, Anantnag and Kulgam here at Dak Bunglow on Saturday.
Chief Animal Husbandry Officer Anantnag Dr Tahir Hussain Baig, highlighted the achievements of the department so far. According to an official statement, 90,000 artificial inseminations were carried out during the 2017–18 financial year in Anantnag district and efforts were being made to persuade the unemployed youth to start their own income generating units, read the statement.
District Development Commissioner (DDC) Anantnag, Mohammad Younis Malik said that need of the hour was to maintain a balance between the quantity and quality for achieving the maximum in any sector. He added that sectors like animal husbandry, sheep husbandry and fisheries could play a vital role in providing employment to the unemployed youth and the youth needed to be counselled properly so that they could get attracted towards the various schemes and programmes launched by the government for their welfare.
DDC instructed the veterinary doctors and officers of the department to “focus on socio-economic development and employ a holistic approach in their activities”, which might lead to the absolute success.
Director, Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir, Dr M Y Chappo said that six veterinary doctors from the valley had been sent to different institutions of India for special training purposes and 13 more doctors were being sent this March.
The director informed that farmers from different parts of the valley would be sent to Punjab and Haryana to get exposure regarding modern techniques of cattle and sheep rearing in near future. He further said that 45 unemployed youth from Anantnag and 20 from Kulgam were being provided financial assistance to start their income generating units, it added.