Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir government has demanded more assistance from the Centre on the pattern of North Eastern states to give impetus to the Animal Husbandry sector in the state.
"The Centre should extend more assistance to the state on the pattern of North Eastern states given the identical nature of problems and difficulties," Commissioner Secretary, Animal and Sheep Husbandry, BD Sharma said while briefing a high level team of experts from Planning Commission here yesterday.
Sharma said the livestock population in the state has increased over the years and the ratio of animal per 100 persons is much higher than the national average.
He said genetic upgradation in case of 80 percent cattle and 50 percent buffaloes has been achieved.
Sharma said the draft of a Livestock Policy is being formulated, while 750 new veterinary centres are being set up in inaccessible areas.
The chairman of the working group on Animal Husbandry and Dairying, for the 12th Five Year Plan, VK Taneja said the aims of setting up the working group are to have critical examination of the schemes already under execution in the sector.