SRINAGAR, SEP 6: The Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Departments, Dr Asgar Hassan Samoon today said that the Governors Administration was keen on transforming Jammu and Kashmir from poultry consumption state into poultry production state.
He said this while chairing a meeting to discuss and deliberate upon measures required for the development of private poultry sector in J&K.
Dr Samoon asked 3500 poultry farmers in the State to develop and upgrade their farms to produce day old chicks, eggs, poultry feed and layers in sufficient quantity. He said that sector can open job avenues for thousands of unemployed youth.
He said, “As many as one crore day-old chicks and 80 crore eggs per year are being imported from outside states and nobody knows their quality”, and added, “if our farmers and other industrialist invest in this sector it can have a huge impact on our revenue generation and mitigating unemployment”.
The Principal Secretary said that there is no separate poultry policy and there is only general mention of it in industrial policy 2016.
Stressing for establishing of feed units to minimize production costs, he said that purchasing feed for poultry birds add to the production costs for poultry farmers and directed them to integrate their farms with feed manufacturing plants to get down the production cost.
He said there are fewer feed plants in Kashmir. “We can make cooperatives of these poultry farmers so that they can benefit from it.”
Dr Samoon directed the officials to put up a proposal to finance department regarding enhancing of toll tax on import of live birds from rupees 9 per kg to rupees 14 per kg to promote local poultry industry.
He said there is need of setting up slaughterhouses, dressing plants, hygienic production of larger capacities and added that the government was keen on working on these fronts as well.
The Principal Secretary directed the officials to establish poultry Mandi in North and South Kashmir on the pilot basis to provide a platform to poultry farmers where they can sell their stock without any trouble.