REASI: Minister of State for Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries, Mir Zahoor Ahmad on Tuesday emphasised on the need to encourage the 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 a gathering after inaugurating the Ram and Buck show, awareness camp organised by Sheep Husbandry Department at Talwara, Reasi.
The camp was organised under GoI 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 was being prioritised by the government and sufficient funds have been earmarked for development of these sectors during the financial year 2018-2019.
He said there was a huge potential for rearing of livestock in the state adding that “the government was 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 were also being made to provide technical expertise to farmers and progressive breeders through various channels of communication and said that organising of Ram and Buck show in rural areas of the state was one such mode to educate the farmers.
He directed the concerned to organise similar camps in other parts of the state, adding that such shows were 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 to ensure that vaccinations and other treatments were being given to livestock in a timely manner to prevent them from various diseases.
Director Sheep Husbandry Jammu, Dr Sajeev Kumar also addressed the gathering and highlighted the achievements of the department. He said that the department had already organised similar camp at Solki in district Rajouri and another was scheduled to be held in Hiranagar soon. He said an amount of Rs 5 lakh has been projected under Capex Budget for purchase of best Rams during the next financial year.
On the occasion, Mir Zahoor also distributed an amount of Rs 80,000 among 10 categories as an incentive for choosing livestock farming as a profession.