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Govt to setup sheep markets in every dist

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Ramban, Dec 31: For organized trade of livestock, Government to setup sheep Mandis in every district, besides slaughter houses in every block if the state.

This was stated by Principal Secretary Animal, Sheep and Fisheries Department Dr Asghar Hassan Samoon during a three-day tour of Chenab valley to access the sheep, animal, fisheries and transport department in the area.

Highlighting the consumption of meat and potential of the livestock sector in the state, Dr Samoon said there is need to organize this sector and sheep Mandis will give it an organized look besides motivating more and more youth to become livestock entrepreneurs.


“Hundreds of sheep are imported in the state every year. It is important to provide platform to the industry. Establishment of sheep Mandis will be win-win situation for both customer and traders. Other than giving space to traders to sell their livestock, it will save customers from overpricing,” Samoon told officials.

He was accompanied by Director Animal Husbandry Dr Victor Kaul, and Director Sanjeev Kumar, Director Fisheries R N Pandita, Director State Motor Garages (SMG) Zakir Hussain and officials of these departments. He also held meeting with respective deputy commissioners of Kishtiwar, Doda and Ramban during the visit to these areas.

Saying that foot and mouth disease proves fatal for the cattle and sheep and cause a severe loss to the economy besides public health, Dr Samoon health and safety standards will be maintained in these mandis by the sheep department.

Dr Samoon also called for setting up new slaughter houses in every block besides reviving existing slaughter houses on scientific lines. He asked for identifying land and submitting Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) at earliest.

He also asked for utilization of funds for spreading awareness, training and capacity building of farmers and to organize livestock show cum awareness camps in every area.

He also asked for attracting young aspiring entrepreneurs for establishing medium to large sheep farms and facilitating credit lending scheme through banks.

Dr Samoon also called for submitting proposal of setting up poly clinics, laboratories and veterinary hospitals in all areas and upgrading existing infrastructure. He along with deputy commissioners also visited various sites for setting up infrastructure of these departments.

During meeting with transport officials, Dr. Samoon said Rs 10 crore have been released for procuring new buses for improving transport facilities especially in hungry routes.

Transport officers were directed to provide route more route permit to the unemployed youth with a rider that they will play their vehicles in their respective areas of Chenab valley only so that issue of overloading is addressed.

Strictly calling for allowing only good condition buses to play on the Chenab roads, Dr Samoon directed for not allowing above 15 years of vehicles on Chenab roads. He also called for setting up vehicle inspection and certification centers in Doda, Ramban and Kishtwar districts.

He directed the authorities to prepare DPR for the construction of taxi stand at Banihal besides procuring road safety equipment’s for traffic personnel manning traffic on highway.

On day third, he held meeting with District Development Commissioner, Ramban, Showkat Aijaz Bhat along with sheep, animal, fisheries and transport department officials.

Dr. Samoon asked the DC Ramban to provide adequate funds to Animal, Sheep and Fisheries departments from district capex budget because this sector is the main source of income for rural population.

He reviewed the functioning of departments and said that Ramban district has big potential of Animal husbandry, Dairy, Fish, Poultry and Sheep farming and directed the officers to develop advance infrastructure for providing quality services to farmers so that people can earn their livelihood at their doorstep. Meanwhile, certain decisions related to department were taken on the spot

He asked the DC to provide the land for establishing Polyclinics in all blocks and Nitrogen plant to improve Artificial Insemination for improving the breed of animals in the district.

Later he also inspected Sheep breeding farm at Chanderkote and checked the status of livestock and its productions besides distributing Tarpaulins among the beneficiaries and directed the officers and officials to carry out their professional duties with dedication and make every scheme of the department a great success.




Rs. 22.64 crore proposed for sanction by State Level Sanctioning Committee

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Srinagar, July 21: Secretary Agriculture Production Department, Manzoor Ahmad Lone today chaired a meeting to review Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana- Remunerative Approaches for Agriculture and Allied Sectors Rejuvenation (RKVY-RAFTAAR) 2019-20. The meeting reviewed department-wise allocation and expenditure during 2018-2019 and discussed the proposed projects and plants to be taken for the year 2019-20 by all departments.

The meeting was attended by Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi, Director Agriculture Jammu, P.S. Rathore , MD Agro Industries Development. R.K. Rakwal, Director Sericulture, Riyaz Ahmad, Director Command Area Development,  Jammu and Managing Director Horticulture, Planning and Marketing and other concerned officers.

The meeting discussed the projects and activities to be under-taken under RKVY RAFTAR by agriculture and allied departments for which an amount of Rs. 22.64 crore has been proposed to be submitted for sanction by the State Level Sanctioning Committee.


Secretary Agriculture has called upon the officers to devise a strategy for making agriculture a remunerative and a profitable venture. Lone said that agriculture should be made a glamorous enterprise by turning farmers into agricultural entrepreneurs. He stressed for organising awareness programmes and emphasized upon the need of intervention so that there is a significant impact of the agriculture department at ground level.

He emphasized upon taking initiatives for increasing production of agriculture crops, post harvest management and marketing, increasing the green house structures, creation of irrigation facilities, introduction of new high yielding hybrid varieties and promotion of heirloom varieties. He stressed for wormy-composting and popularization of organic farming for producing healthy foods for healthy life.

Earlier, Director Agriculture Kashmir informed that agriculture department is making efforts for higher profits by way of increasing production, better marketing and linking it to National market in shape of a brand like Kashmir Fresh, Jammu Fresh, Meetha Rice, Summer Mist Honey and other products. He said that adopting of green house technology and reducing the harshness of winters through raising vegetable nursery in controlled conditions is being undertaken by the department on priority basis. 

Director apprised the meeting about the production status of various crops, seeds, physical and financial achievements and other important projects taken under RKVY.

The meeting was also informed about bringing more areas under irrigation and also use of high yielding varieties as per the standard seed replacement rate is on the priority list of the department. He also informed about the organic clusters and villages taken-up  in all the districts of Kashmir Valley.

The projects undertaken by Horticulture Department J&K were also discussed in detail and the emphasis was laid upon covering more areas under high density planting and development of public sector nurseries, mother plants , seedlings, post harvest handling and marketing.

The projects and activities taken by allied departments like Sheep Husbandry, Floriculture, Forest Department, Animal Husbandry, Command Area Development and SKUAST-J and SKUAST-K were also discussed.

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DC Budgam reviews preparations for Panchayat-level games

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BUDGAM, JULY 21: DDC Budgam, Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar today reviewed the status of various sports activities being organized at different places in the district under the age group of 25 years for boys & girls at a meeting held here today.

Among others, ADC Budgam, District Panchayat Officer, Block Development Officers and officers of concerned Department attended the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion, DDC Budgam said that it is important to channelize the energy of youth in right direction, for which the sports play a pivotal role. Sports not only inculcate the sense of responsibility, discipline among the youth but also keep them mentally as well as physically fit, therefore, it’s very important to engage the youth in the sports activities along with their education.


She informed that various sports competitions shall be conducted by District Youth Services & Sports Department in collaboration with Rural Development Department Budgam at the panchayat level to nurture the talent of rural youth. She called for identification of venues at the earliest with focus on involvement of both students as well as non-students. Around 280 Registered Youth Clubs in District can provide vital information in identification of talented youth aspiring to take part in these games.

She lauded the role of RDD in recently concluded ‘Back to Village’ programme & urged it to actively involve the Panchayat functionaries in the process of organizing the forthcoming games. She instructed for proper arrangements like transport, refreshment, drinking water etc for the participating players. Several other issues related to the forthcoming games were discussed and the DDC issued necessary instructions to the concerned.

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PDP holds workers convention in Tangmarg

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Tangmarg, July 21: People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Shabir Mir held a workers convention in Tangmarg and urged the workers to strengthen the party’s base in Gulmarg assembly segment.

While addressing over 2000 workers, Mir, who will be contesting assembly elections, said that previous legislators made hollow promises only and didn’t develop the constituency.

He urged the workers to spread the PDP’s agenda of peace and development for the state.


He said that the condition of healthcare, education and development sectors has not improved in the last decades as the representatives of the constituency failed to deliver.

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