‘Animal, allied sectors can transform JK’s economy’

‘Animal, allied sectors can transform JK’s economy’
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BARAMULLA: Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport, Asgar Hassan Samoon on Thursday said that animal husbandry and its allied sectors had the potential to transform the economic landscape of Kashmir valley.
He made these remarks here while conducting an extensive tour of Sopore town of district Baramulla.
On the occasion, he further said that the government had launched various schemes for the benefit of general public and provided all the facilities to them. He urged educated youths to come forward and to take benefits from government schemes as “it can act as a vital sector for the empowerment of poor people in the district,” an official release read.
He also interacted with progressive farmers who highlighted their issues being confronted by them to which he assured to look into on priority.
Samoon was accompanied by the District Development Commissioner Baramulla, Nasir Ahmad Naqash and Director Animal Husbandry, Mohammad Yousuf Chaproo, Director Fisheries where they distributed 6000 birds (chicks), financial assistance of Rs 10,000 for construction of poultry sheds, medicines and feeder bottles among 30 beneficiaries under National Live Stock Mission (NLM). It was announced that 135 beneficiaries have been selected by the District level Committee for providing these benefits under NLM scheme, read the release.
On the occasion, Chief Animal Husbandry Officers Baramulla, Khazir Mohammed Kirmani briefed the principal secretary that the cattle population in district Baramulla has reached 2.99 lakh including 1.09 lakh cows while as milk production has gone up to 14.24 crore litters. Number of poultry birds touched 5 lakh per year while egg production has gone up to 28.04 million per year, it further read.
Samoon also visited old SRTC Yard, Sopore along with DDC Baramulla where he was informed that the yard was allotted to venders by district administration and suitable land has also been identified in Sopore Town for the SRTC Yard, it added.