Govt to supply 5000 poultry birds to address shortage in Ladakh

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SRINAGAR: To address the poultry shortage during the winters in Ladakh, 5000 poultry birds would be supplied to Ladakh region.
This was decided by Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department Asgar Samoon during a review of Ladakh supplies for winters here on Friday
Samoon sought a detailed report on the supply for livestock in the region from the officers of Animal Husbandry Department, Sheep Husbandry Department, and Ladakh Affairs, an official handout read.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Ladakh Affairs, Reva Kumari, Managing Director, JKSRTC, Manmohan Singh, Director Animal Husbandry Department Kashmir, Director Sheep Husbandry Department Kashmir, RTO Kashmir and other officials.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Kargil Vikas Kundal, Additional Deputy Commissioner Leh and other officials through video conferencing.
According to the handout, 45 trucks of cattle/poultry feed have been sent to Leh and Kargil areas, besides four trucks of table eggs, a truck of medicine and related items by the Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department for Leh and Kargil.
Similarly, Sheep Husbandry department informed that it has supplied 5 trucks of medicine and instruments, 8 trucks of cattle feed, seven trucks of fire wood besides three trucks of other stock, read the handout.
Samoon said that with the supply, few day-old chicks to Ladakh and then rearing them in incubators will help in lessening the shortage of chicken in Ladakh region.
He directed the officers to help the chicken rearers with medicines and advise them how to rear chicks in cold conditions.
Samoon also directed Managing Director SRTC to deploy additional buses for internal routes of Drass and Zanskar.
In the follow up of the Ladakh tour, Samoon also held a review meeting of projects of sheep and animal husbandry departments and sought action taken report from officials.
Samoon stressed on the re-starting the Ugling milk pasteurisation project with 2,000 liters capacity per hour and said that it would boost dairy sector of the district with the establishment of new milk cooperatives and by providing organised milk marketing support.
He directed for taking up the issue with planning and finance department for early starting of the important plant.
He also stressed on popularising the Yak cheese after his inauguration of cheese maturation room during his Ladakh tour besides calling for giving hands on training on cheese making to the farmers, the handout added.