To put the Poultry Sector of Jammu and Kashmir on the path of sustainability and self-reliance, Agriculture Production Department (APD) has approved a project under which it will infuse Rs 248.2 crore in five years in the Sector for development of all three verticals of broiler production, egg production and feed manufacture.
Official sources told Excelsior that the UT Government has played a key role in promoting the development of the Poultry Sector by implementing various initiatives and schemes to support farmers and encourage the growth of the industry. However, with the increasing demands, the sector has become dependent on imported poultry produce and raw material which has become a cause for concern and put the local poultry industry at a disadvantage.
Year on year, such imports are increasing substantially and jobs are being lost at the same pace. Quality of such products is also uncertain due to long distance passage of the inputs like eggs, table birds, day old chicks and feed. To keep track of such articles, in terms of quality control, is all the more difficult,” they said.
Therefore, to make the Poultry Sector in J&K self-reliance, sources said, the APD has approved a “Roadmap for poultry development in J&K” under its mission for Holistic Development of Agriculture and Allied Sectors in the UT.
“Roadmap for poultry development in J&K” is one among the 29 projects, which have been approved by the J&K administration after being recommended by the UT Level Apex Committee for holistic development of Agriculture and Allied Sectors in UT of J&K.