Livestock pivotal sector in economy of J&K: Union Minister Rupala

Visits Bla; Reviews implementation of CSSs, inaugurates mobile Veterinary Clinic Vans

Baramulla: Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Parshottam Rupala, on Thursday said that livestock is the most important sectors in the economy of Jammu and Kashmir with huge potential of employment generation.

The Union Minister visited Baramulla and reviewed implementation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes in the district where he was informed that district Baramulla produces 19.50 crore litres of milk annually which makes the district milk surplus.

It was given out that 368 cases were sponsored under Integrated Dairy Development Scheme (IDDS) in the current financial year, of which, 270 units have been sanctioned thereby generating employment avenues for 286 youth of the district.

Union Minister said that norms have been relaxed so that more youth could avail the benefits under IDDS. Also, ample employment avenues are being created besides scaling up the livestock production in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, he added.

While highlighting the achievements made under Dairying and Sheep Husbandry, it was given out that 20.05 lakh kg of mutton was produced against the target of 20.13 lakh kgs in the district.

The meeting was informed that district has scaled up the fish production from 915 tonnes in 2020-21 to 1685 tonnes in 2022-23.

Union Minister lauded the efforts of district administration for successful implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in the district. He said that  livestock is the most  important sectors in the economy of Jammu and Kashmir with huge potential of employment generation.

Meanwhile, Union Minister inaugurated three mobile Veterinary Clinic Vans and six Bikes for carrying out Artificial Insemination and other treatment of the livestock at the doorsteps of the beneficiaries.

On the occasion, Union Minister distributed sanction letters among the beneficiaries of fisheries, dairy and sheep farming units

Later, Union Minister held interaction with the District Development Council, Municipal Council and other PRIs of the district.

Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar, briefed about the profile of the district.

DDC Chairperson, Safina Beigh, apprised the Union Minister of the ongoing development works in the district and put forward several demands including reconstruction of Trout rearing unit at Bella Boniyar.

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