JAMMU: For accelerating the growth of sheep husbandry sector and to improve the socio-economic condition of farmers and nomads associated with livestock rearing, Minister for Animal and Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli on Saturday emphasised on the need for promotion of latest technologies.
The minister was chairing a meeting convened to review the functioning of the department and implementation of schemes.
The meeting was attended by the Commissioner Secretary, Animal/Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Department, R K Bhagat, Director Sheep Husbandry, Dr Sanjeev Kumar, Director Animal Husbandry, Dr Victor Koul besides other senior officers.
The meeting held a detailed discussion on implementation of government of India (GoI) sponsored schemes including Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY), Assistance to States for Control of Animal Diseases (ASCAD), National Livestock Mission (NLM), Establishment and Strengthening of existing Veterinary Hospitals and Dispensaries (ESVHD), Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF), Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) besides other initiatives.
The minister directed the concerned authorities to chalk out strategies to raise the scale of breeding, wool production, milk production, etc. He also stressed on cross breeding with the objective to improve the productivity of the livestock of the state especially in mutton, milk and wool sectors.
Emphasising the need to organise awareness camps in interiors of rural areas, the minister said that it will help the people to get knowledge about the policies and schemes of the department. He also directed the officers for timely delivery of services to the farmers and breeders to benefit them.
He stressed upon rural youth to avail the benefits of the GoI sponsored schemes which is providing employment opportunities to unemployed youth and enabling them to start their own income generating units.
Kohli also reviewed the arrangements for providing quality mutton and poultry birds on the eve of Eid-ul-fitr.