SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Asgar Hassan Samoon on Tuesday said sheep sector was being upgraded in the state so that unemployed youth and sheep rearing farmers would get full support from the government with the aim to enhance the production of sheep farming besides giving them chance to earn their livelihoods. Samoon added that unemployment was a big challenge in the state and efforts were on to reduce it.
Samoon said there was a need to boost the rearing of livestock on modern and scientific lines, adding that new technologies introduced in the state were aimed at increasing the number of livestock and attaining self-sufficiency in dairy, mutton and milk production in the state, an official handout read.
He stated this after laying the foundation stone of Sheep Breeding and Research Farm at Khimber here.
The farm, which was previously located at Dachigam was shifted to Khimber and will be constructed on modern lines at a cost of Rs 36 crore by R&B Department. The farm is spread on around 500 kanals of land, the handout read.
He directed the concerned executing agency to ensure the project was completed within its stipulated timeframe and also asked them to “use funds properly and ensure that standard material is used for quality work”.
While stressing on the procurement of finest breed of sheep like Merino for a better outcome, Samoon said that this farm would be one of the best farms in the state and “a larger populace will be benefited from it”.