AHD to provide poultry at 15% discount

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47 sale centres including 10 mobile sale centres to provide live, dressed poultry

SRINAGAR: Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli on Thursday convened a meeting to assess the arrangements being put in place for providing hassle-free sale of poultry items by the department in Kashmir on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The minister was taking stock of the arrangements being put in place by the Department of Animal Husbandry (AHD) in view of the ensuing Eid festivities.
According to a handout, the department has 47 sale centres functional in the Kashmir valley including 10 mobile sale centres which provide consumers with live as well as dressed poultry that has undergone several quality checks and is cheaper by 10-15 percent compared to the market rates. The department also operates 3 sale centres around the year at Gaw Kadal, Baramulla and Sopore, it read.
Additionally, 65000 birds are expected to be sold under the market intervention measures of the department, which buys from farmers at a 10-15% higher price and sells to the consumers at up to 10-15% discount. This measure protects the interests of both consumers and the farmers apart from stabilising the prices in the market.
In addition, 1700 desi type birds are also being sold by the department on the eve of Eid. A full list of sale centres is available on the website of the department (jkahd.net). Mobile sale vans take the poultry birds to areas where limited stocks exist like higher reaches of the valley, read the handout.
The minister implored all concerned to cater to peoples demands round the clock this festive season and to ensure that people living in far reaches of the state also get benefited from these interventions.
The meeting was also attended by Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir, Dr M Y Chaproo, Joint Director Poultry Kashmir, Dr Reyaz Ahmad and other senior officers of the department.