J&K suited for dairy activities: Gurezi

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JAMMU- Minister of State for Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Mr. Nazir Ahmed Gurezi has said that Jammu and Kashmir is ideally suited for dairy activities, adding that State has registered a steady growth in milk production over the past couple of years. The milk production during the year 2009-10 which was 15.92 lakhs metric tons and efforts are afoot to achieve over 20.00 lac metric tons during the current fiscal, he said.

Replying to the discussion on demand of Grants for the Department under his charge, the Minister said that the Government will set up 71 Mobile Veterinary Centres across the State and also 214 posts stand sanctioned at various categories to strengthen this sector. He said the mobile ambulatory vehicles fitted with Geographical Positioning System (GPS) to rationalize and monitor the services to be delivered by the mobile centers will also be pressed into service which is expected to cost over Rs. 7 crore.

The Minister said that the Department is examining a proposal to invite credible NGOs / private players to take up the genetic upgradation and providing of other veterinary services in remote and far flung areas like Gurez, Karna, Tangdar, Kargil, Leh, and Doda, Kishtwar upper reaches of Reasi, Pooch and Rajouri etc. He said the Department envisages establishing 500 such centres in the 12th Five Year Plan out of which 254 centres shall be taken up during 2013-14.

The Minister said that feed and quality Fodder availability is not as per the standard animal husbandry norms, making true realization of the genetic worth of our livestock difficult. The State produces around 64 lakh MTs of green fodder and 35 lakhs MTs of Dry fodder. However the requirement of Green is 139.13 lakh MTs and Dry is 58.53 lakh MTs.

Gurezi said that 77 projects have been taken up under RIDF XVI (2010-11) and RIDF XVII (2011-12), for which the department has availed a loan of Rs. 1967.74 lacs (Rs. 378.61 in 2010-11, Rs. 761.13 in 2011-12 and Rs. 828.00 lac in 2012-13) from NABARD under RIDF, to construct veterinary institutions (hospitals/centres) which will improve the work culture and quality of veterinary services at the grass root level.

The Minister said a Centrally Sponsored Scheme “National Animal Disease Reporting System” (NADRS) has been launched which envisages linking of blocks with districts, with divisions and state with central monitoring unit for prompt reporting/ feedback. So far, 158 NODS have been established out of which broad band connectivity has been provided to 84 by the end of February 2013. The scheme has been launched recently the State is an important constituent of the National Informatics System reporting disease profile and developmental activities as well. He said during 2013-14, all 158 NODS will be made functional to ensure online disease reporting. Besides, he said, 85 NODS are proposed to be provided during 2013-14 to provide exclusive connectivity to the Sheep Husbandry Department, particularly in the farms in far of areas.

Gurezi said that 77 projects have been taken up under RIDF XVI (2010-11) and RIDF XVII (2011-12), for which the Department has availed a loan of Rs. 19.67 crore from NABARD to construct veterinary institutions (hospitals/centres) which will improve the work culture and quality of veterinary services at the grass root level.           

Earlier, the Minister moved a demand for a sum of Rs. 387.58 crore be granted to the Government to defray the charges which will come in the course of payment during the year ending March 31, 2014 for department and PSUs under his charge.

 

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