Kupwara records 129.90 thousand tonnes annual milk production

Kupwara records 129.90 thousand tonnes annual milk production
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Samoon launches online ‘INAPH’ programme

KUPWARA: With the objective of facilitating ready information about the treatment, feeding and other related knowhow to the people associated with livestock sector, Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Asgar Hassan Samoon on Thursday launched an online programme, Information Network Animal Production and Health (INAPH) here.
He was on an extensive tour to district Kupwara, during which he inaugurated and inspected various developmental projects besides reviewing the performance of various departments. He inaugurated farmers training school at Kupwara which will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 10 lakh, an official handout read.
While inspecting fish farm at Kohru, the Samoon directed the concerned officers for a proper upkeep of the fish farm which provides table size carp fish for local consumption and “also acts as a centre for facilitating livelihood to private fish unit holders”, the handout read.
Reviewing the achievements of Animal Husbandry Department during a meeting, it was revealed that the cattle population of 1.90 lakh has been recorded in the district, while as annual milk production is 129.90 thousand tonnes. 329 backyard units have been established in the district during the current year, it read.
Samoon impressed upon the officers to conduct farmer’s training programmes. In order to overcome unemployment, he stressed on organising awareness camps to inspire youth towards employment generation programmes sponsored by GoI and state government.
District Sheep Husbandry Officer, Dr M S Khatana on the occasion informed that the total recorded livestock population of sheep and goat is 2.87 lakh in the district, yielding over 14 lakh kgs of mutton and 3 lakh kgs of fine wool. The number of breeders in the district is 8000 and each breeder earns an average return of over Rs 1.70 lakh per annum from sale of animals and products like wool, mutton, manure, etc., the handout read further
During the meeting, various issues with regard to Liquid Nitrogen plants were also discussed threadbare.
The Principal Secretary also inaugurated veterinary hospital at Kralpora constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 28.77 lakh which was a long pending demand of the local people.
While inspecting private sheep farm at Wataien, Dr Samoon interacted with officers and officials and emphasised on the delivery of better service to the farmers, it added.