JK to transform into poultry production state: Samoon

JK to transform into poultry production state: Samoon
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Poultry Mandi to come up in north and south Kashmir on pilot basis

SRINAGAR: Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries departments, Asgar Hassan Samoon on Thursday said that the governor’s administration was keen on transforming Jammu and Kashmir from poultry consumption state into poultry production state.
He said this while chairing a meeting to discuss and deliberate upon measures required for the development of private poultry sector in J&K, an official handout read.
Samoon asked 3,500 poultry farmers in the state to develop and upgrade their farms to produce day old chicks, eggs, poultry feed and layers in sufficient quantity. He said “the sector can open job avenues for thousands of unemployed youth”, read the handout.
He said, “As many as one crore day-old chicks and 80 crore eggs per year are being imported from outside states and nobody knows their quality”, and added, “if our farmers and other industrialist invest in this sector it can have a huge impact on our revenue generation and mitigating unemployment”.
Samoon said that there was no separate poultry policy and there was only general mention of it in Industrial Policy, 2016.
He added, “the same needs to be revisited and if need arises we can take up the issue with advisor and governor to take policy decisions so that if we can’t give jobs to unemployed directly at least we can help them indirectly by promoting poultry egg industry, day-old chick industry and poultry feed industry”.
Stressing for establishing of feed units to minimise production costs, he said that purchasing feed for poultry birds add to the production costs for poultry farmers and directed them to integrate their farms with feed manufacturing plants to get down the production cost, the handout further read.
He said there were fewer feed plants in Kashmir. “We can make cooperatives of these poultry farmers so that they can benefit from it.”
Samoon directed the officials to put up a proposal to finance department regarding enhancing of toll tax on import of live birds from rupees 9 per kg to rupees 14 per kg to promote local poultry industry.
He said there was need of setting up slaughterhouses, dressing plants, hygienic production of larger capacities and added that the government was keen on working on these fronts as well.
Samoon directed the poultry department to help in post-production, diseases control in live birds and said that he has also okayed 400 posts to overcome the shortage of both medic and paramedic staff.
He also said there were complaints of sale of licenses to non-state subjects required for importing birds to create hegemony on fixing of rates in J&K state and warned that “serious action will be taken against the culprits”.
Samoon directed the officials to establish poultry mandi in north and south Kashmir on pilot basis to provide a platform to poultry farmers “where they can sell their stock without any trouble”, the handout added.