SRINAGR: While enunciating the importance of the livestock sector in the lives of people including the nomadic population of the state, Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam on Tuesday called for giving focussed attention to the sector for better productivity and returns.
He was speaking at the State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) meeting for overseeing the implementation of National Livestock Mission (NLM), an official handout read.
Principal Secretary, Animal & Sheep Husbandry while presenting a glimpse of the production statistics informed that milk production in the state has reached 2526 thousand MTs, mutton 350 lakh kgs, poultry 629 lakh kgs, wool 82 lakh kgs and Fish 20.70 thousand MTs. He said that the livestock sector has witnessed gradual improvement in terms of quantity and quality, however, fodder development requires sustained focus to address the shortfall, the handout read.
The committee after detailed deliberations approved the project proposals of the Animal and Sheep Husbandry department for the year 2018-19, to the tune of Rs 35.21 crore. The proposals include livestock development, breed improvement, intervention towards productivity enhancement, fodder and feed development, skill development, technology transfer & extension and risk management.
Under livestock development, focus will be on development of poultry project and hatchery at Udhampur, strengthening of poultry projects at Hariparbath, Mattan, Acchabal and Zakura and strengthening of Government sheep farms in Kashmir and Jammu regions, the handout read further.
“To address shortfall of fodder, focus will be on development of government owned fallow lands, fodder seed production, procurement and distribution, development of fodder stations and bringing forest land under fodder development,” it added.