JK ranks second in equine population

JK ranks second in equine population
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Rajouri has the highest equine population of 16,066 followed by 13,974 in Anantnag, 12,359 in Reasi, 10,149 in Jammu and 10,127 in Kathua

JAMMU: As per the 19th livestock census, India is home to around 12 lakh working equines (horses, mules, ponies and donkeys) and the Jammu and Kashmir State ranks second in equine population after Utter Pradesh with an estimated equine population of 1.61 lakhs. Rajouri district has the highest equine population of 16,066 followed by 13,974 in Anantnag, 12,359 in Reasi, 10,149 in Jammu and 10,127 in Kathua districts.
This was revealed during a one-day workshop organised by Brooke India – an international animal welfare organisation in collaboration with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board at Katra here on Saturday.
Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Gani Kohli inaugurated the workshop.
The workshop was aimed at bringing together all the stakeholders dealing with the welfare of equines and to discuss a way forward to mitigate the issues and challenges faced by equine owners, an official statement read.
On the occasion, the minister said that the Brooke India is an international organisation dedicated to improving the lives of working horses, donkeys and mules in some of the world’s poorest communities.
Hailing the efforts of the organisation for taking care of equines dedicatedly, the minister said that this international charity is dedicated to change the lives of working equines and their owners. He said the organisation is working in 10 states covering approximately 03 lakh equines.
The minister said, “The organisation works holistically for the betterment of these equines in a sustainable manner through advocacy, community engagement and veterinary service provision.”