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AJK To Raise Farmers’ Living Standards

20 April 2007

KASHMIR - The Azad Jammu and Kashmir government has chalked out an integrated plan to raise the living standards of farmers besides opening new avenues of employment in the livestock and dairy sector, official sources said.

“Since there is a big potential to promote the livestock and dairy sector in the AJK, special attention will be paid to improvement in the breeding of cattle to raise the production of milk and meat,” a source said on Thursday.

These measures would lead to improvement in the living standards of farmers associated with the livestock and dairy sector as well as their future generations, they added.

The sources said existing veterinary hospitals and subordinate centres including one hospital and 32 centres in Mirpur district were being expanded to provide required medical facilities and guidance for promoting latest ideas in cattle breeding. They said the government was paying special attention to taking care of animals by providing every possible facility to the farmers. Over 85,000 cattle were immunised in Mirpur district during the last one and a half years. Besides, over 63,000 cattle were given medical treatment.

They said 112,802 slaughtered animals were inspected during the period before supplying their meat to the market.

Meanwhile, veterinary experts have asked the farmers maintaining cattle farms to concentrate on improved breeding of animals. They have also been advised to use medicines to treat ailing animals by consulting nearest veterinary surgeons or Animal Husbandry Department, where all the required facilities are available.

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Source: TheNews


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