Tours tribal habitations, seeks 100% KCC coverage of dairy farmers
Principal Secretary, Animal Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries departments, Navin Kumar Choudhary reviewed performance of the Animal Husbandry department under various schemes at a meeting held the other day.
The Principal Secretary laid stress on the enrollment of 100 percent farmers under KCC & implementation of Atma Nirbhar Bharat for doubling of farmers’ income.
He also exhorted upon the officers to achieve the assigned targets in full and remain connected with the farming community.
Later, the Principal Secretary conducted an extensive tour of various field centers and interacted with the dairy and poultry farmers.
He visited cattle and buffalo breeding farm of A H Department at Pouni-Chek, which is spread over an area of about 144-Kanals, mainly used for cattle and buffalo breeding and for fodder production. He took a round of the farm premises and appreciated the practices being adopted for rearing and management of sahiwal cattle and murrah buffalo in the said farm.
Afterwards, he visited some schedule tribe pockets in the area and took first hand appraisal about the impact of various departmental activities and schemes as well as the difficulties being faced by them.
The farmers urged Principal Secretary to take notice of government rates fixed for milk selling, which they said is not in tune with the production costs thereby jeopardizing the interests of the farming community. The Principal Secretary assured them early redressal in this regard.
The Principal Secretary also visited a prominent dairy in Mandal Block of Jammu district and interacted with the progressive dairy farmers of the area.
In the evening, he visited horticulture nursery at Garhi Purkhoo and appreciated the working of the horticulture Department.
On his last leg of tour, he paid a visit to a private Poultry farm at Marh and was apprised of the various challenges confronting the poultry industry. He exhorted upon the poultry breeders to go for modernization of their farms in light of government’s latest Poultry Policy.