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Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli, on Monday said that cross breeding of live-stocks can improve productivity and curb shortages besides encouraging rural populace to adopt poultry, fish farming and dairy as an alternative source of income.
According to an official spokesman, Kohli said this while conducting a day long tour of Samba and Kathua districts.
The official said that during his visit, Kohli enquired about the general profile of district including livestock population, total number of bovines, total poultry population, number of hatcheries, cattle and poultry vaccinations, milk production besides status of local as well as migratory livestock in the district.
The official said that Kohli underscored the efforts of goat breeder Naresh Kumar of village Dhamal who took 25 number of Ewes from Sheep Husbandry department in the year 2012-13 and now owns 75 goats with significant improvement in his earnings.
Kohli asked the Assistant Director of Goat Farm, Rajbagh to ensure adequate fodder for the livestock in addition to adopting cross breeding to improve productivity.
He further directed adoption of practices of flock shifting to address the problem of parasite infestation among goats.
While visiting Fish Seed Farm, the Minister was apprised that against the target of rearing 24.50 lakhs fish seeds, 18.50 lakh seeds were so far reared. 3.40 lakh seeds were distributed for personal rearing where as 11.50 lakh seeds were introduced in ponds and natural water bodies under department’s supervision.
While interacting with the officers, the official said, Kohli stressed for developing cluster villages under different schemes to create distinct model of development besides achieving optimum results.
Later, the Minister also distributed fish seeds among 13 progressive farmers of Kathua district who were earlier trained under different schemes of the department, the official added.
The Minister visited Fish Farm Sangwal and directed PWD officials to fast track the upgradation works to promote community fish farming. He directed officials to focus on fish rearing and brooders. He said that the pond could be developed as tourist attraction and asked officials to submit DPR in this regard.
He also asked Director Fisheries to submit proposal for providing marketing facilities to fish farmers. He further directed DDC Samba to project more budgetary requirement for poultry and fishery sectors in CAPEX budget.