Says JK’s youth gifted with entrepreneurial skills
SRINAGAR: Advisor to the Governor, Khurshid Ahmed Ganai on Saturday called for a sustained campaign to create awareness among the educated youth about the huge potential that poultry farming and business offers in the state.
Ganai was addressing at the Poultry Conference held here at SKICC organised by the Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) in association with Jammu Poultry Association and Kashmir Valley Poultry Farmers Association.
Emphasising upon the need to connect with youth having entrepreneurial skills, Ganai urged the officials of the Animal Husbandry Department to become the “wheels of change” in tapping the potential of poultry farming and business in the state, an official handout read.
Seeking support from the lending organisations to remove bottlenecks in providing loans and working capital to the youth to start their ventures, the advisor highlighted the contribution of J&K Bank to entrepreneurship development in the state. “J&K Bank has always been in the forefront of providing financial assistance to our youth. We urge them now to customise their schemes to encourage poultry farming and industry,” he added.
Khurshid Gani stated that poultry was already listed as a thrust industry in the State Industrial Policy 2016. He said that processing in poultry products like meat and eggs “can be a game changer and help make the state a net exporter as against being a net importer at present”.
The advisor further stated that the departmental officials had a big role to play in raising awareness about the schemes and business opportunities in the sector and even the poultry associations had a critical role to play in spreading awareness, read the handout.
Ganai urged upon the Principal Secretary, A&SHD and Principal Secretary I&C to ensure delivery of full benefits to poultry farmers and entrepreneurs under various schemes in their respective departments. He also appreciated the efforts of the Animal & Sheep Husbandry Department in the development of poultry sector in the state.
Principal Secretary, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department, Asgar Hassan Samoon stated that poultry sector had made great progress during the last few decades and this would not have been possible without the efforts of the Department of Animal Husbandry. He asserted that the department was doing everything possible for the benefit of farmers and would continue to work for them. He also highlighted the achievements of the department and complimented the poultry farmers for standing tall despite difficulties. He appealed to all stake holders including J&K Bank to come forward to help the poultry farmers and entrepreneurs.
Principal Secretary Industries and Commerce, Shailendra Kumar assured all support to the youth who venture in poultry sector, adding that they would be considered for incentives under the state’s extant industrial policy as poultry had been listed as a thrust industry. He also stated that poultry had great scope in the state as there was a need for about Rs 5000 crore investment in the sector. He added that this investment could generate a turnover of about Rs 950 crores which was presently going out of the state for purchase of day old chicks, eggs and poultry birds for table purpose, the handout added.