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Sanjeev Kumar reviews development scenario at Shopian

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Lays e-foundation of road projects

SHOPIAN: The Union Minister of State (MoS) for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan on Tuesday visited Shopian under the 3rd phase of the public outreach programme of the Central Government.
The outreach programmes are being conducted in order to assess the ground level development scenario and to listen to grievances and public demands.
While taking review of the district development profile, the Minister stressed upon officers to promote entrepreneurship ventures in Fisheries, Animal and Sheep Husbandry so that more employment opportunities are provided to the unemployed.
The minister also laid the e-foundation of three road projects namely Shirmal- Balpora- Tengwani road, Hajipora –Arkhara road, Gurinard Chanchmarg road, to be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 1186.30 lakhs.
The minister also took a review of work under animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries sectors with special emphasis on Central sponsored Schemes like IDDS and IPDP.
He listened to the demands and issues related to the sector and was apprised by the respective officers about the need for establishment of Wool Processing Units, Constitution of Wool Board.
They also flagged issues of low rates of Wool and need for MSP for the product, Insurance for Fish Crop, Adequate vaccination for LSD among others.
Dr. Sanjeev also interacted with DDC, BDC members, MC Counsellors and Other PRI members and listened to issues and demands put forward for consideration and appropriate action from the Visiting Dignitary.
MoS appealed to PRI members to involve more and more people in Sheep, Goat, Fisheries Farming besides emphasizing the formation of FPOs in the Animal Husbandry sector for taking farming to the next level, necessitating better productivity and production.
He also stressed on venturing into Silage making to make nutritious fodder available during winters to tide over the productivity depreciation of milk in winters.
During his interaction with the PRI members he assured that the Ministry shall conduct exposure visits of farmers, PRI members to acquaint them with employment oriented schemes and good practices being followed and also assured redressal of other issues put forth before him.
Later, the MoS visited Fruit Mandi Aglar and met Fruit Growers, Traders and Transporters.
He also visited the Poultry Project Animal Husbandry Department, Shirmal, Milk Chilling Plant, Shopian and inspected stalls of Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and Sheep Husbandry showcasing products.
He stressed upon officers to disseminate maximum information about Government schemes among people so that more and more people are lured into Dairying, sheep and animal farming for their economic upliftment. He also distributed sanction orders among beneficiaries of Sheep, Fisheries and Dairying Units.
The MoS was apprised about various initiatives taken by the district administration in horticulture sector like introduction of High Density Varieties, a Novel Initiative of District administration, Dastak Portal which provides Employment opportunities through a Single Window System.


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