JAMMU: The government endeavours making the state self-reliant in milk production and poultry rearing for which several initiatives have been taken to increase these productions in the state stated Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli adding that animal, sheep husbandry, fisheries, horticulture and agriculture are the top priority sectors of the present government.
He was speaking at a farmers’ awareness camp organised by Animal Husbandry Department under ATMA scheme at Dairy Farm, Belicharana here on Saturday.
He also distributed chaff cutters, feed supplements and also felicitated farmers for adopting advanced farming for livestock rearing, an official statement read.
Kohli said that government has taken several initiatives to improve the basic infrastructure in animal, sheep, fisheries and dairy sectors so that a large population of the state associated with these sectors was benefitted. He said these sectors were the key to over all development of the state and the government was committed to further improve it which would ultimately improve the socio-economic conditions of the weaker sections of the society, the statement read.
Terming dairying as a potential source of additional income for the people of the state, the minister emphasised upon the farmers to make use of the advanced technology in dairy farming in best way and ensure doubling their income by taking advantages of the government schemes.
Hailing the performance of the veterinary doctors and para-vets especially, during border shelling, the minister stressed upon them “to redouble their efforts and work with utmost dedication and live up to the expectations of the people”.
The minister also inaugurated Quail Farm at Makhanpur in R S Pura area set up by a private entrepreneur to boost quail bird in Jammu. The department has also introduced white collar quail in Dairy Farm, Belicharana which has been imported from Japan.
The quails grow very fast and gain maturity faster than any other bird. The quail bird is a poultry bird which starts laying eggs within 6 to 7 weeks of age.
The minister enjoined upon the department to conduct awareness camps in every nook and corner of the state to aware people about the programmes and schemes launched by the GoI and state government.
He said the young generation especially unemployed youth could be lured towards the schemes so that after getting benefits they earn their livelihood, it added.