Srinagar:-Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Ghani Kohli, today informed the House that Government is having a policy to encourage investment in dairy farming so that milk production is increased in the state and dependence on imports is decreased.
Replying to a question of Saif-ud-Din Bhat in the House, the Minister informed that the Government has no proposal to establish dairy farm in Khansahib Constituency or any part of State in state sector.
Mr. Kohli informed that the cattle population of the Khansahib Constituency is 17,936, of which 10000 are breakable cows and over 87 per cent of these are high yielding cross bred. This has resulted in making milk production of the Constituency touch to 2,70,000 MT annually, he added.
The Minister further informed that under Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS) establishment of dairy units for 2 to 10 Cows/Buffaloes with maximum financial implication of Rs 6 lakh is available. There is provision of 25 per cent back-ended subsidy to farmers including unemployed youth under general category and 33.33 percent for SC/ST category, he added.
The Minister informed that under dairy development, NABARD has launched Area Development Scheme for Dairy in Chadoora, Magam and Rural Budgam blocks of Budgam district.
Vibodh Gupta, Surinder Ambardar and Surinder Choudhary raised supplementary to the main question.
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