Samoon stresses improving livestock productivity in south Kashmir for better results

Samoon stresses improving livestock productivity in south Kashmir for better results
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Directs involving unemployed youth for setting up of IGUs

ANANTNAG: Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep Husbandry, Fisheries and Transport Department, Asgar Samoon on Thursday emphasised on improving the productivity of livestock in south Kashmir so that better results of the various schemes under implementation could be achieved.
Samoon was speaking at a meeting to review the departmental activities during a meeting with all veterinary assistant surgeons, and other senior officers of Animal, Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries Department of South Kashmir (Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam & Shopian) at Dak Bungalow Anantnag.
Urging officers and field functionaries to work with dedication and honestly on the grassroots level, Samoon directed the officers to involve more and more unemployed youth for setting up of their income generating units (IGUs) under the animal, sheep sector to eradicate the unemployment problem, an official handout read.
All districts of south Kashmir have shown ‘exemplary’ performance in animal/sheep husbandry and fisheries sector, the handout read. District Anantnag has been declared as trout district of India, and a new scheme under blue revolution has been started during 2017-18 under which 30 units have been established, it read.
The maximum number of artificial insemination is conducted in these southern districts of J&K state. Samoon also reiterated that “henceforth, achievements of all vets/officers shall be monitored on day-to-day basis” and doables for the month of November were set for each officer in the meeting, read the handout.
District Development Commissioner, Anantnag, Mohammad Younus Malik informed the meeting about the importance of the livestock husbandry sector as a tool for eradication of rural poverty and generating gainful employment among the youth. He said, “Today youth are showing a keen interest in starting poultry, dairy and sheep/fish units and during 2017-18, 30 racing ponds were constructed for which funds were provided under MGNREGA.”
The milk production in southern districts is more than 5 lakh tonnes and over 175 lakh kgs of poultry meat is produced annually. The total animal population of Anantnag district has touched to 6.03 lakh which include cattle population of 2.10 lakh, buffalo population 0.046 lakh, equine population 0.167 lakh and poultry population 3.88 lakh. 258 poultry farms are registered in the district which produce 27 lakh poultry birds annually, the handout read.
“Under SCA/STP, 25 dairy units of single cow, 55 units of medium and large poultry units have been established during 2017-18 at Bakerwal Check Manzmo under sub-tribal plan for which Rs.14.62 lakh were released out of which Rs.14.07 lakh were expended.”
DDC, Anantnag also directed the concerned department to identify a further 100 beneficiaries during the current year for which district administration shall extend full support. He also sought intervention for establishment of a livestock feed unit in Anantnag district, which was agreed to by the principal secretary who directed for establishing the said unit on priority.
On the occasion, Samoon launched an Android application ‘AHDK Digital Extension’ developed by e-governance wing of Animal Husbandry Department in collaboration with NIELIT (Kashmir). The app which is available on department’s website (jkahd.net) will soon be hosted on Google Playstore also. The app will push latest and relevant information to farmers and other stakeholders about innovative livestock farming skills, different schemes of animal husbandry, project reports, events, advisories and other notification, etc. in English and other regional languages. It will work both in online and offline mode, the handout added.