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Promote sustainable livestock farming in JK: Secy ASH to officials

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Srinagar, Dec, 22: Principal Secretary to Animal Husbandry Dr Asgar Samoon Saturday urged the concerned to take necessary steps for the promotion of sustainable livestock farming in the State as it will go a long way in strengthening the State economy, besides reducing the dependence on imports.

The Secretary expressed these views here at an awareness workshop on “Poultry and Sheep Farming as an Emerging Industry” organized by National Apex Chamber.

The Secretary said that there are a host of problems associated with imported livestock ranging from hygiene and incidents of high use of antibiotics. He said that such problems can be avoided and livestock can be raised in a sustainable and eco-friendly way in Kashmir. He said that the sector has the benefit of having everything from raw material to consumer market, and efforts need to cash on this opportunity.

 

He also spoke about the introduction of Poultry policy and said with its full implementation the poultry imports would be reduced by 80 percent.

Asking the concerned to handheld youth for entrepreneurship in livestock farming sector, he said that such units will have readily available takers, as the Valley has high consumers of livestock products.

He also directed the officials to tie up with private players who can share ideas to make our State self-sufficient and address the unemployment issue.

The Secretary said that the department will also revive the wool rearing industry in the valley and work is on to set up modern sheep villages.

Later on, the Secretary also laid the foundation stone of Directorate of Fisheries at TRC Nowgam Srinagar.


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DC Shopian suspends two forest officials

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Shopian, June 26: Two officials of Forest Department including an In-Charge Forester were suspended today by Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Dr Owais Ahmed, for their callous attitude towards their duties.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner’s office received multiple complaints about the smuggling of forest wood and cutting of green trees in Keller belt of district Shopian.

Acting on these complaints, a preliminary enquiry committee headed by Divisional Forest Officer Shopian was constituted by Deputy Commissioner Shopian. After a brief enquiry into the matter it was found that few officials have been negligent in performing their duties. 

 

Taking cognition of the issue, Deputy Commissioner on Wednesday suspended two employees of forest department. Deputy Commissioner Shopian said that till the completion of enquiry these two employees have been put under suspension and more investigation regarding the case is going on.

He said that his administration shall not tolerate any kind of negligence and callous attitude towards duties. He further added that those found guilty will face stern action.

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Tourism has come to standstill in Kashmir: Tarigami

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Srinagar, June 26: Senior CPI(M) leader and former legislator Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami on Wednesday said that the tourism industry in Kashmir has come to an almost complete standstill and the slump is affecting the livelihood of a sizeable section of the population.

“Houseboats are empty, taxi drivers and shikara owners are idle with no business on the horizon,” Tarigami said in a statement.

“Tourism sector in Kashmir is going through its worst crisis with many hotels closing down, staff being laid off and players in the industry looking for alternative businesses or even job opportunities. Businesses linked with tourism, including handicrafts, restaurants and transporters, are also facing a financial crisis. People, who are associated with tourism, are facing difficulties to feed their families,” Tarigami said.

 

He added that the atmosphere of panic has been created by TV channels who are portraying Kashmir in a negative manner.

“The electronic media’s coverage of the developments were damaging the tourism industry. The continuous negative coverage, especially of violence, which is not the overwhelming reality in Kashmir, has stalled tourist inflow to Kashmir,” said Tarigami in a statement.

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Dir Gen IMD meets Guv

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Srinagar, Jun 25: Dr. K.J. Ramesh, Director General, Indian Meteorological Department, met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here on Tuesday.

Dr. Ramesh briefed Governor about the present weather forecasting set up in the State and its usefulness for issuing timely weather advisories to people and pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra during the duration of the Yatra.

Governor highlighted the crucial importance of timely and advance weather forecasts for managing the movement of Yatris, which is highly dependent on the weather conditions.

 
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