Animal, Sheep Husbandry to become main drivers of economy: Kohli

Minister for Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries Abdul Ghani Kohli today said that the ultimate goal of the Animal Husbandry Department is to enhance the milk production in the State.
The Minister said that during 2015-16 more than 40 lac vaccinations have has been carried out which has taken care of the livestock.
The Minister said that the milk production has increased to 24.00 lac metric tons during 2015-16 which was earlier recorded as 20.22 lac metric tons in 2012-13. He said that it was the efforts of the Department and intervention of various schemes that the production of milk has increased despite the decrease in cattle population.
The Minister said that the Department will try to frame up some schemes which will have incentives for unemployed youth so that fresh investments in the sector are attracted. Regarding Poultry the Minister said that the sector is one of the area which has lot of scope to be developed. “The production in poultry meat within the State has increased from 431 lac kgs in 2007-08 to 640 lac kgs during 2015-16,” he said.
He said that at present around 122 lac kgs of poultry birds are being imported but comparatively the local production is also on rise. While stressing on the need to establish hatcheries, the Minister said that efforts are on to establish atleast one modern hatchery in each District so that the availability of one day old chicks is made within the State.
He said that there is a huge demand of eggs in the State and as per the rough estimates only 32% of the demand is being met locally and the remaining is being met from outside the State. “Once the farming activity improves the availability of eggs shall also increase. Later, the House passed grants of Animal, Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries, for the year 2016-17, which were moved by the Minister, amounting to Rs 577.92 crore with voice vote.

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