Kargil Has Huge Poultry, Fisheries Potential: Kohli

KARGIL:-Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Abdul Gani Kohli who is on a 4 day extensive visit of Kargil and Leh districts today said that establishment of Poultry and Fisheries sector has huge potential for employment generation.

This was stated by the Minister while chairing a high level meeting to review the working of the departments under his control at a meeting held at Kargil here today. Chief Executive Councilor Kargil Kacho Ahmad Ali Khan, Executive Councilor for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Aga Syed Hassan Armaan Moosavi, Director Animal Husbandry Muhammad Yusuf Chaproo, Director Sheep Husbandry Muhammad Ramzan Sheikh, Additional Deputy Commissioner Kargil Barkat Ali Lone Nizami besides concerned officers were also present in the meeting.

The Minister called upon the officers to closely monitor the performance of their departments to ensure time bound delivery of services and completion of projects well in time. He also called upon the veterinarians and other officers to work with missionary zeal and lay focus on creating mass awareness regarding various developmental schemes so that maximum numbers of people are in a position to avail the benefits of these schemes thereby raising their socio-economic status.

The Minister was apprised about the steps being taken to augment these sectors in the district and measures being taken to raise livestock.  It was given out that a 20 liter capacity Liquid Nitrogen Plant has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 2.85 crore, a major project for cross breeding for conservation of yak at Rs 1.20 crore, fodder development programme at a cost of Rs 1.35 crore while as a project for Pashmina Development has been sanctioned at a cost of 8.25 crore.

The meeting was also informed that projects worth Rs 2.53 crore for strengthening, up gradation and modernization of Karakul Sheep Fram Kurbathang and Development of Pashmina Wool in Kargil district at a cost of Rs. 14.2 crore under National Livestock Mission (NLM) and Revised Wool Sector Schemes under Integrated Wool Development Programme (IWDP) at a cost of Rs. 12.23 crore, fodder development at a cost of Rs 7.50 crore besides development of Zanskari horse at a cost of Rs 40 lacs stand submitted to the Central Government which are expected to be sanctioned in near future.

Officers of Fisheries Department informed the meeting that artificial trout breeding has been introduced in the district for the first time this year  and 6 to 8 thousand seeds have been produced so far and with the completion of the hatchery at Damsna the production shall go up to around 1 lakh seeds.

The Minister directed the officers of Fisheries Department to conduct surveys for the establishment of fish farms in Sodh, Shakar Chiktan and other areas and fixed target of one year for completion. He also directed the officers to conduct livestock census in the district and underlined the need to procure high yielding yaks from Arunachal Pradesh for hybriding purpose so as to ensure the enhancement of yak breed in the district.

Mr Kohli issued on spot directions to the officers to prepare proposal for the establishment of fish farms and stock assistants training institute and assured the CEC and EC Animal and Sheep Husbandry that proposals for creation of the posts of SDOs and LDOs shall be framed and sent to the Finance Department in due course of time.

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