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Elite bull semen from oversees being imported shortly: Ruhulla

 


Srinagar, October 21 (Scoop News) – The Sperm Station, of FS Project, Ranbirbagh under the Livestock Development Board, Kashmir has become the second ISO-9001-2008 certified Semen Laboratory in North India. However, it is first such Laboratory in the entire country to have Codex-HACCP-2003 certification in addition to the ISO.
 
This information was given at a high-level meeting of the officers of Animal & Sheep Husbandry Department chaired by Minister for Sheep and Animal Husbandry, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, held to review the working of the Livestock Development Boards and Animal & Sheep Husbandry Departments.
 
Dr F A Kaloo, Chief Executive Officer, Livestock Development Board, Kashmir presented the certificates and audit reports from British Standards Institution Group to the Minister and informed him that with the certification the Livestock Development Board has started receiving requests for supply of Frozen HF Semen from other states. The Minister was also informed about the import of 21 Litres/hr Capacity Liquid Nitrogen Plant worth Rs2.50 Crores from the Netherlands, which is shortly being installed at Shalteng campus of the Livestock Development Board where necessary civil works, are nearing completion. The total project cost is estimated at Rs3.50 Crores, which includes Rs 2, 50 Crores received as Central assistance under NPCBB. The plant is expected to cater to 70% needs of Liquid Nitrogen of AI centres across Kashmir Valley. The Minister was told that global tenders stand issued for purchase of elite bull semen from overseas for which funds are already available with the department. The minister expressed his dismay over the inordinate delay in the procurement process.
 
The Minister directed the Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir to take immediate steps for opening a stud farm in Kashmir to promote sports and tourism and to improve the lot of pony Wallas. He suggested that Arabian Thoroughbreds and Zanskari breed be introduced for horse breed improvement.
 
The Minister later discussed the arrangements for sale of sheep and chicken on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha in both Kashmir and Jammu regions. The directors of Sheep and Animal Husbandry provided him with details of the arrangements about the sale of mutton and chicken.
 
The minister laid the stress on the awareness generation about the livestock based schemes in vogue for unemployed youth in particular and farmers in general.
 

 

 

Elite bull semen being imported shortly: Ruhulla

Friday, 21 Oct 2011 at 08:32

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SRINAGAR, OCTOBER 21:
The Sperm Station, of FS Project, Ranbirbagh under the Livestock Development Board, Kashmir has become the second ISO-9001-2008 certified Semen Laboratory in North India.
However, it is first such Laboratory in the entire country to have Codex-HACCP-2003 certification in addition to the ISO.
This information was given at a high-level meeting of the officers of Animal and Sheep Husbandry Department chaired by Minister for Sheep and Animal Husbandry, Aga Syed Ruhullah Mehdi, held to review the working of the Livestock Development Boards and Animal & Sheep Husbandry Departments.
Chief Executive Officer, Livestock Development Board, Kashmir Dr F A Kaloo, presented the certificates and audit reports from British Standards Institution Group to the Minister and informed him that with the certification the Livestock Development Board has started receiving requests for supply of Frozen HF Semen from other states.
The Minister was also informed about the import of 21 litres per hour capacity Liquid Nitrogen Plant worth Rs 2.50 crore from the Netherlands, which is shortly being installed at Shalteng campus of the Livestock Development Board where necessary civil works, are nearing completion.
The total project cost is estimated at Rs3.50 crore, which includes Rs 2, 50 crore received as Central assistance under NPCBB.
The plant is expected to cater to 70% needs of Liquid Nitrogen of AI centres across Kashmir Valley. The Minister was told that global tenders stand issued for purchase of elite bull semen from overseas for which funds are already available with the department. The minister expressed his dismay over the inordinate delay in the procurement process.
The Minister directed the Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir to take immediate steps for opening a stud farm in Kashmir to promote sports and tourism and to improve the lot of pony Wallas. He suggested that Arabian Thoroughbreds and Zanskari breed be introduced for horse breed improvement.
The Minister later discussed the arrangements for sale of sheep and chicken on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha in both Kashmir and Jammu regions. The directors of Sheep and Animal Husbandry provided him with details of the arrangements about the sale of mutton and chicken.

The minister laid the stress on the awareness generation about the livestock based schemes in vogue for unemployed youth in particular and farmers in general. 

Cabinet approves Rs 2.60 cr Liquid Nitrogen Plant

10-02-2011

 Source:   GK NEWS NETWORK

Kashmiris may soon relish Emu, the Australian bird

Jammu, Oct.25 (ANI):

People in Jammu and Kashmir may soon be able to relish a new variety of bird meat, which is expected to be beneficial for the poultry farmers here.

The Poultry Wing of the Animal Husbandry Department of Jammu and Kashmir Government is breeding Emu, the largest Australian bird. It is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest and arid areas.

Emu, which develops an adult body at 20 months, has a lifespan of up to 30 years. It can lay eggs till 25 years of age, which is much more than a normal Indian hen. It weighs more than 60 kilograms and grows beyond five feet. The officials of the Department have taken into consideration the success of poultry farmers in Maharashtra, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh who took up breeding the bird for meat. The Department has presently imported a couple of emus on an experimental basis from Maharashtra and is exploring the possibilities of breeding them in Jammu.

“The birds native place is Australia, where it can be commonly found. Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh are breeding this bird. It is becoming quite popular among farmers there. Therefore, we have introduced it here, said Indu Bhushan, Manager (Poultry Wing), Animal Husbandry Department in Jammu. This will bring more benefits in comparison to the conventional poultry hens and roosters when we introduce it. It can be used for meat and also to make cosmetics,” said Bhushan added. The department has already ascertained the various factors vis-a-vis survival of Emus in extreme temperatures as well as humid and cold climates.

Five of these birds have been brought from Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh to Jammu. Three of them have survived while two died. During the ensuing winter season, poultry experts and veterinarians will closely monitor these emus before propagating them among poultry farmers in the region. 

Introduction of these birds in poultry farms will help in maintaining the poultry prices constant in Jammu. The local poultry farmers, meanwhile, hope to reap good gains from emu as a poultry bird. But they are waiting for the final observations of the Animal Husbandry Department. “We do not have market for the big hen in Jammu. Customers demand is for a kilogram or one- and-a-half kilogram of meat, nothing more than that,” said Jaspal Singh, a local customer.

However, the Poultry Wing of the Animal Husbandry Department is keen to try out breeding emus on an optimistic note so as to lend a fillip to poultry produce in Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir. (ANI)

Record milk production in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct.10 (ANI): Annual milk production in Kashmir Valley has touched a record mark of 8.78 lakhs of metric tonnes, an increase of 28,000 metric tonnes over the previous year, courtesy the formation of new milk co-operative societies and commissioning of modern processing units.

Milk production in Jammu and Kashmir valley increased tremendously in the past couple of years.
 
It has shot up by 300 per cent over the last six years.

The production of milk has increased to 8.78 lakh metric tonnes annually in Kashmir. It was 8.50 lakh metric tonnes earlier. This year the per capita availability of milk in Kashmir is 356 grams per day where as the Indian Council of Medical Research has made it mandatory that 290 grams per day must be available to an individual, said Farooq Ahmad Kaloo, the Deputy Director (Central) of Animal Husbandry department of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Department of Animal Husbandry is trying to expand the number of dairies through integrated dairy development programme to set up societies so that we can canalise overall milk produce, Kaloo added.

A new concept of milk societies that has come up in Jammu and Kashmir has played a very crucial role to increase the production of milk. These milk societies formed by local villagers have started mushrooming all over the State.

Milk from all these societies is collected and transported to the processing units. Later, at these processing units, the milk is pasteurised and packed before being despatched to the markets for sale.

With each passing year, the number of milk co-operative societies is on the rise, and this year, it stood at 190 against 150 in the previous year.

Last year, we had 150 societies. Milk is coming from all the districts in Kashmir. This year we have 190 societies. Last year, our procurement was 8,000 litres and this year it is more than 12,000 litres, almost over 4,000 litres increase in production, said Khurshid Ahmed, a dairy owner and milk supplier to a processing unit.

The network of new societies, collection points and processing units has opened new job prospects for the youth in the State. So much so, many youths have ventured to take up dairying as a lucrative profession.

With the help of the Animal Husbandry Department of Jammu and Kashmir, these enterprising youngsters have been familiar with the latest developments in dairy farming and enhanced milk production.

Introduction of a new and hybrid livestock has also contributed to this high production of milk in the valley. Besides, the young dairy farmers are also let known the novel marketing strategies.

The quality product from various new milk processing units under the brand name Sheshmashahi and Snow Cap have made a mark.

Apart from the locals, these two brands are very popular among the tourists visiting the valley region.

Snow Cap has increased its production to 12,000 units per day as compared to 5,000 units of last year.

This year the production is more and the villages have worked hard for the production. There are many milk production plants that have come up. So the shortage of milk which at one time worried the State has been eradicated, said Mohammed Akbar, a milk vendor.

The dairy farming sector in Jammu and Kashmir is optimistic of further growth as evident from the constant assistance provided by the Animal Husbandry Department to the dairy farmers.

Poultry business thriving in Kashmir Valley

(ANI)

30/07/2008

The new breeds of poultry birds introduced by the Department of Animal Husbandry Department have boosted the production of eggs and the number of broiler chicken in the Kashmir valley.
Business of poultry birds has witnessed tremendous progress over the last few years. Its credit lies with the Department of Animal Husbandry for introducing new breeds of layers and broilers.

Alongside, the poultry farm owners are also trained in the latest techniques to manage birds. All these progressive steps have consequently helped fabulous increase in the production of eggs as well as broiler birds.
Earlier, the poultry business was confronting several odds.
However, with the introduction of new breeds like One Raja, Japanese quails, turkey, and Kashmir commercial layer (KCL) birds, the production from poultry farms has almost trebled.
For instance, Hariparbat Hatchery is one among the poultry farms, which boasts of breeding and dealing in different varieties of exotic breeds.
"Our poultry used to give very few eggs. So we made a project to increase their productivity. We brought in exotic breeds, which can give better eggs quantity and quality to the public. We have improved on the production last year. We had given 1, 57,000 chicken to the public in which 57,000 were boiler chicks and 100,000 were egg laying ones," said Ishtiaq Ahmed Wani, Technical Officer, Hariparbat Hatchery.
Hariparbat Hatchery has thus recorded ever increasing sales during in last few yeas, evident being customers, the bulk buyers as well domestic consumers, converging here for quality poultry produce.
"Earlier, the Government did not give us enough poultry products from the hatchery centres but now we are getting good products. We have bought over a 100,000 of chicken last year and this year we have bought 22,000 chicken products, which include all varieties of it. Hariparbat Hatchery centre is giving good chicken products these days," said Fayaz Ahmed, a customer.
A particular breed named Chabra has been found to be useful both as a broiler bird and a layer.
To meet the needs of the end consumers, the Government of Jammu and Kashmir has made elaborate arrangements for quick transport of poultry farm products in the valley and also the Ladakh region.
Reportedly, in the Kargil sector, the consumption of poultry farm produce is the highest.
"The Chabra breed is beneficial for Kargil. It is a breed, which serves dual purposes. This benefits the poor and rural people who can sell eggs as well as consume the meat from such breeds. The Joint Director of the Poultry Department here is co-operating a lot with us and we get a good response from here," said Gulzar Ahmed, a customer from Kargil
The State Animal Husbandry Department is maintaining a strict vigil on the poultry and poultry products in the valley and is continuously collecting samples to check the disease.

JKVDA alleges shortage of poultry feed, medicines

(Daily Greater Kashmir)

28/07/2008

The executive body of Jammu and Kashmir Veterinary Doctors’ Association (JKVDA), Kashmir, at a meeting held on July 22, alleged shortage of HF semen (50%), LN 2, poultry feed, medicine and budget.
 The members further alleged that no transport facility was being provided to officials for routine work in the field. They appealed to the directors of AH/SHD to cooperate fully with the filed staff for the betterment of profession. They also urged the Association office-bearers to meet both the directors and apprise them about various difficulties and problems faced by the veterinary doctors.  They said, “If the directors fail to address our problems, we will be left with no alternative than to approach the secretary AH/SHD, the chief secretary and even the Governor for the redressal of problems.”
 The members on the occasion adopted a resolution that Dr Sheikh Saleem would continue as Association president till his retirement.
 Speaking on the occasion Dr Sheikh Saleem said, “From April 2008 onwards the contribution by the members towards JKVDA will be Rs one per day per member i.e. Rs 365 year.”
 The meeting was attended by all registered members from every district, joint director poultry, CAHOs,  DIOs, ADV, extension officer,  superintendents, tehsil officers, BVOs, veterinary assistant surgeons of animal/sheep husbandry departments. 

 

Despite 45,000 MTs milk production, Srinagar still imports

(MyNews.in)

27/07/2008

Despite 45000 metric tones of local milk production, thousands of liters of milk are still being imported to meet the daily demand in the Srinagar district.

The milk is being imported from Jammu and other northern states to meet the daily demand of the people living in the district, official sources said today.
They said thousands of liters of milk was also being brought to city from south and central Kashmir villages by individuals and groups daily in the morning.
Besides a number of milk federations supply thousands of milk packets in the city.
However, during winter when roads get blocked due to snowfall, people in Srinagar face acute shortage of milk.
Meanwhile, a chief animal husbandry officer, Srinagar, said as a result of strenuous efforts put in by his department, the annual milk production has touched 45,000 MTs in Srinagar district and is expected to rise by 10 per cent more. 
He said 16,000 animals have been treated against contagious and non-contagious diseases and 12,000 animals dozed against liver fluke so far this fiscal. As many as 4640 artificial inseminations were performed and 2276 births stand recorded.

 

PRECAUTIONS CAN SAVE LIVESTOCK: A H DEPTT : Daily Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, June 15: The animal husbandry department has started investigating the outbreak of certain migratory and resident diseases in livestock, including the vaccinated lot. The outbreak is seen as a result of weather conditions that prevailed in the valley for quite some time. 
 Secretary animal husbandry, Ravi Thusu, Sunday said though the situation was under control, but reports of some sporadic cases of eruption of the disease in cattle at Nowgam area of Srinagar has forced the department to sound an alert.
 A team of departmental officers comprising of a Joint Director, two deputy directors and some junior officers had a recce of Nowgam, Padshahi Bagh and Soiteng, Thusu told Greater Kashmir. The team found that out of 1105 cattle being reared in the area, 840 stood vaccinated. The team found that the disease had affected even some vaccinated cattle, though with lower intensity.
 Eight new born calves have died due to the disease while the morbidity has gone up to nearly 30 percent. Thusu said that department has pressed into service, different teams from the Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products to collect sera and other morbid material from the affected animals. The department is also summoning the departmental epidemiologist from Jammu and have the disease investigated through the Hissar based Lab of All India Coordinated Project on FMD.
 Sporadic cases of the disease outbreak were also noticed in Srinagar suburbs like Pandach and Buchpora besides Wachi in Pulwama, Arwani, Kharpora and Nowgam in Anantnag, Daphal in Machil area and Lolab, Kalaroos in Kupwara area. Similar reports have also poured in from from Tossamaidaan in Budgam. “Timely measures taken by the department has helped in checking the further spread of the disease. There has been no report of the disease outbreak in Homshalibugh of Islamabad district,” the department spokesperson said.
 “The disease is of economic connotations but we need not to panic even in the face of an outbreak,” said Dr J L Mattoo, Joint Director IAH&BP, Zakura. “The farmers need to segregate the healthy animals from affected animals particularly the newborn calves, which are the most susceptible to the infection and usually succumb to it,” added Dr F A Kaloo, Deputy Director of the department. Dr Kaloo said that the department has traced the infection roots to some migratory goats that move to highland pastures in Kashmir from the Jammu region.
 “These animals after moving long distances are tired, have compromised immunity and add to it the freak weather conditions in which they had to traverse the inhospitable terrain, the animals therefore contract the infection and spread it to other animal species coming in contact on the way,” said Dr Kaloo. “In the Nowgam case the local cattle contracted the infection from one of the migratory sheep & goat flocks, which were stationed there for a few days before moving ahead to highland pastures.”

FMD, NO NEED TO PANIC, PRECAUTIONS SAVE YOUR LIVESTOCK: AH DEPARTMENT GK News network

Srinagar, Jun 15: The freak weather conditions that prevailed in valley for quite some time has started showing its impact on livestock here in the shape of some reported outbreaks of the disease in both migratory as well as the resident. The disease eruption has been reported even in some vaccinated animals forcing the Animal Husbandry Department to have it investigated thoroughly.

According to Ravi Thusu, Secretary Animal Husbandry, the situation is under control. Talking to Greater Kashmir he said that on receiving some reports of some sporadic cases of eruption of the disease in cattle in Nowgam area in Srinagar the department sounded an alert. A team of departmental officers comprising of a Joint Director, two deputy directors and some junior officers had a recce of Nowgam, Padshahi Bagh and Soiteng. The team found that out of 1105 cattle heads resident in the area 840 stood vaccinated. The team found that the disease had affected even some vaccinated cattle of course with lower intensity. There have been a total mortality of 8 new born calves and a morbidity of nearly 25 to 30%. He said that department has pressed in to service teams from the Institute of Animal Health and Biological Products to collect sera and other morbid material from the affected animals besides summoning the departmental Epidemiologist from Jammu, have the disease investigated through the Hissar based Lab of All India Coordinated Project on FMD.

 The department has taken some measures that have started yielding results and God willing the disease will not be allowed to take an epidemic form provided the farmers cooperate with the department, hoped Thusu.

Sporadic cases of the disease were also noticed in Srinagar suburbs like Pandach, Buchpora, Wachi in Pulwama, Arwani, Kharpora and Nowgam in Anantnag, Daphal in Machil area and Lolab, Kalaroos in Kupwara area. Some reports of the sporadic cases have also come from Tossamaidaan in Budgam. Timely measures taken by the department has helped in checking the further spread of the disease. There has been no report of the disease outbreak in Homshalibugh of Islamabad district, a spokesman of the department clarified here today.

The disease is of economic importance and we need not to panic even in the face of an outbreak, said Dr J L Mattoo, Joint Director IAH&BP, Zakura. The farmers need to segregate the healthy animals from affected animals particularly the newborn calves which are the most susceptible to the infection and usually succumb to it, said Dr F A Kaloo, Dy Director from the department.  He said that the department has traced the infection roots to some migratory goats that move to highland pastures in Kashmir from the Jammu region. These animals after moving long distances are tired, have compromised immunity and add to it the freak weather conditions in which they had to traverse the inhospitable terrain the animals therefore contracted the infection and spread it to other animal species coming in contact on the way. In the Nowgam case the local cattle contracted the infection from one of the migratory sheep & Goat flocks which were stationed there for a few days before moving ahead to highland pastures. Dr Bhupinder Singh, Director Animal Husbandry told greater Kashmir that all the field formations of the department have been alerted and asked to keep an eye on the livestock in their respective areas and take necessary measures to control and contain the disease.

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