Set to achieve desirable targets in livestock sector: Kohli -
Set to achieve desirable targets in livestock sector: Kohli
Posted 19 Jan 2018 03:27 PM

Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli on Thursday said that government is undertaking targeted measures to boost livestock, fisheries and poultry sector to achieve surplus production and become exporter rather than importer State.
Efforts are also underway to frame a people friendly grazing policy besides schemes to make fodder available at reasonable prices, Kohli said, while replying to the discussion on Demand for Grants of Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Departments in the Legislative Assembly, here on Thursday. He said that new initiatives are on anvil to boost all these important sectors. “The State has been allotted Rs 14.17 crore under National Livestock Mission (NLM), of which Rs 6.65 crore has been released for current financial year to enhance poultry production through medium and small poultry rearers”, the minister informed.
“For the first time milk processing capacity of the State run cooperatives has touched to 1 lakh liters per day”, he said adding that state run Cooperative for dairy development is in process of establishing state of art ice-cream plant and Paneer Plant at 2 milk processing plants.
With regard to fisheries sector, the minister said that revenue realization of this sector is around Rs 5.60 crore annually and it provides direct livelihood to around 15,000 fishermen, which produce 20,000 metric tons of fish within the State.
Further, the department is in the process of establishing fish market at Narwal Jammu which is expected to be completed by March, 2018, besides, it has distributed 20 Auto Rikshaws with icebox and 1016 bicycles with icebox to the fishermen to enhance the reach, the minister informed.
The House later passed the grants amounting to Rs 68680.48 lakhs to defray the charges which will come in course of payment during the year ending 31st March, 2019 for Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and allied Departments.
Earlier, several Members participated in discussion on demand for Grants including Altaf Ahmad Wani, Syed Farooq Ahmad Andrabi, Neelam Kumar Langeh, Aijaz Ahmad Khan, Bashir Ahmad Dar, Mubarak Gul, Raja Manzoor Ahmad, Choudhry Sukhnadan Kumar, Nawang Rigzin Jora, Noor Mohammad Sheikh, Daleep Singh Parihar, Mohammad Akbar Lone, Asgar Ali Karbalie, Abdul Rahim Rather, Usman Abdul Majid and Ravinder Raina.

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