Srinagar:  Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered necessary quarantining and health profiling of the dairy animals imported from other states.

Under the newly issued SOPs, the Department of Animal and Sheep Husbandry has ordered disease surveillance, health profiling, and verification of the supplier and buyer.

“Buyer shall register at Animal Husbandry Post Lakhanpur for purchase, transportation of dairy animals from outside J&K.  After registration, the farmer shall procure the dairy animals which after reaching Lakhanpur shall be quarantined for disease surveillance and to check the health profile of animals,” Principal Secretary, Animal/ Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Navin K Chaudhary said in an order.

The government said a fitness certificate shall be given to the farmer importing the dairy animal from outside J&K. “The animals shall be tagged, vaccinated and fitness certificate will be issued within minimum possible time,” he said.

The government said that these steps have been taken given the lack of proper procedures for the import of dairy animals to Jammu and Kashmir. “There is a dire need to issue SOPs to streamline the transportation of dairy animals so that the farmers shall not face any hardships while transporting dairy animals from outside J&K,” Chaudhary said.

Moreover, the government has also called for checking the illegal trafficking of dairy animals to the union territory.

“Simultaneously, SHO Lakhanpur shall verify the credentials of the vehicle/ driver and his documents (DL, RD, Aadhar, etc)  and issue a verification report to the CAHO, Kathua. CAHO Kathua shall recommend the case to DM Kathua along with Health certificate and verification report of SHO Lakhanpur for issuance of movement pass,” he said.

  Jammu and Kashmir government has recently introduced the integrated Dairy Development Scheme which facilitates the establishment of dairy units across J&K by offering a 50 percent cost subsidy on purchase of animals mainly procured from Punjab and other neighboring states.

  After the implementation of the scheme, there has been an immense flow of dairy animals from outside states to J&K. As per officials, the government took these measures to ensure disease-free animals are imported to J&K particularly given the outbreak of Covid-19.

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