CS stresses focusing on promotion of potential sectors
SRINAGAR: To oversee the implementation and approval of the National Livestock Mission (NLM), Action Plan- 2019-20, Chief Secretary (CS), B V R Subrahmanyam on Friday chaired a meeting of the State Level Executive Committee (SLEC) here.
The committee approved the project proposals of the animal and sheep husbandry department for the year 2019-20, to the tune of Rs 26.42 crore. The proposals include livestock development, breed improvement, intervention towards productivity enhancement, fodder and feed development, skill development, technology transfer & extension and risk management, an official release read.
Stressing on making concerted efforts for better productivity and returns in this sector, the CS stated that the animal & sheep husbandry sector had enormous potential for economic transformation of the state, the release read.
He directed the department to submit district-wise details of production of milk, mutton, chicken, eggs, fish, and fodder/feed ; number/quantity of livestock, poultry & fish; number of families associated with livestock sector; value and volume of milk, milk products, mutton, chicken, eggs, fish and fodder/feed imported from outside the state; total milk, milk products, mutton, chicken, eggs, fish, fodder/feed consumed in the state and likely demand/potential of the state for production/consumption of these products, it read.
The chief secretary also directed the department to submit details with regard to average production/consumption of milk, milk products, mutton, chicken, eggs and fish in J&K vis-a-vis the India level and some of the neighbouring states. The forest department was asked to submit details regarding the scope of fodder development in various types of forest lands across the state.
“These details will help the government to formulate an economic model on improving local production of the livestock products for achieving self sufficiency, so as to gradually reduce dependence on imports,” he said.
On the occasion, Principal Secretary, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Asgar Samoon gave a detailed account about the existing status of the sector. Samoon said that though livestock sector had shown gradual improvement in terms of quantity and quality yet focussed attention was required to address shortfalls.
He said, “The department is also in the process of importing exotic merino and other elite rams & eves known for their wool quality and body weight for cross breeding,” adding that the department was also introducing insurance for dairy animals and sheep under the risk management component of the mission.
The meeting revealed that the animal & sheep husbandry department was working on a proposal for creation of 4-5 poultry estates on lines of industrial estates in the state. The department was asked to work out economic models, infrastructure and land requirements for hatchery units, incentives and initiatives in consultation with the Poultry Industry for sustainable growth of the poultry sector, read the handout further.