Promotion of livestock will help reduce employment says AJK PM

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Says discovery of new race of animals a milestone in dairy development and production of meat,

MUZAFFARABAD: (Parliament Times) The AJK prime minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan observed that by increasing production of meat and milk in AJK not only families’ income could be raised but graph of unemployment could also be brought down.

He was talking to media during his visit to Research and Development Center under livestock department here on Tuesday. He said funds would be set aside for promotion of livestock in the State in the next budget. Dispensaries for livestock would be made more effective by equipping them with latest medicines, he added. He said with the efforts of livestock department dairy and milk production were significantly enhanced and strengthened.

He was of the view that AJK could not only meet the local requirements of dairy and meat but also supply them to Pakistan. He asked the people to get guidance from livestock department to foster animals of good races to enhance their income. He said with the introduction of new race in animals people having small tracts of lands could also benefit through livestocks.

Mr. Haider said discovery of new race of animals would be a milestone in dairy development and production of meat in AJK.

Minister for livestock Ch. Muhammad Ismal and Secretary Agriculture Tariq Masood Khan gave detailed briefing to the Prime Minister on different parts of farm and ongoing development process in AJK. The Premier was informed that AJK Research Wing of Livestock and Dairy Development had prepared a cow Cross-F that gives milk in large quantity and grows in just 2 years for breeding. It gives milk from 15-20 liter a day and it keeps giving milk until the next laboring. The other discovery of research center was an ox of highest quality of meat. Its weight increases by 900 grams a day and in just two years its weight shoots up to 900 kg. The PM was informed that efforts were on for preparing a great race of goat which would give at least 5 kg milk a day.

Dr. Abdul Aziz Khan and Dr. Ijaz Khan of research center told the PM during the visit of various parts of farms, artificial reproductive system of animals. The Premier lauded their efforts and assured them all possible cooperation from his government.

Mr. Haider was informed that 80% of AJK was mountainous where most of the people foster animals. With the help and cooperation of livestock department people could increase the production of milk and meat and not only meet their own requirements they could also supply them to Pakistan.

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