Reasi: Minister of State for Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmad Tuesday emphasized on the need to encourage shift towards use of latest technologies in farming especially livestock farming to increase the farm’s productivity, thereby the socio-economic conditions of the community.
The Minister was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Ram and Buck show, awareness camp organized by Sheep Husbandry Department at Talwara, Reasi today.
The camp was organized under centrally sponsored scheme National Livestock Mission (NLM) for sheep and goat breeders of the area. During the event, farmers were introduced to high breed male animals, best animals for wool and mutton, Beetal goat for milk, besides being educated on ways to increase productivity in their farms. A large number of people associated with livestock farming participated in the event.
The Minister said that development of agriculture, animal, sheep husbandry and allied fields is being prioritized by the present government headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and sufficient funds have been earmarked for development of these sectors during the financial year 2018-2019.
He said that there is a huge potential for rearing of livestock in the state adding that the government is making targeted effort to boost the sheep sector which will help in increasing the socio-economic conditions of the farmers.
The Minister said that consistent efforts are also being made to provide technical expertise to farmers and progressive breeders through various channels of communication and said that organizing of Ram and Buck show in rural areas of the State is one such mode to educate the farmers.
He directed the concerned to organize similar camps in other parts of the State, adding that such shows are encouraging the farmers to rear livestock on modern scientific lines to get better returns.
Mir Zahoor also directed the concerned officers to conduct frequent field visits in every area and ensure that vaccinations and other treatments are being given to livestock in a timely manner to prevent them from various diseases.