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Minister of State for Animal and Sheep Husbandry, Mir Zahoor Ahmad today said that government is working on a proposal to establish a mega hatchery plant to give poultry faming a boost in the state.

He said a detailed project report (DPR) would be formulated and submitted for approval and funding.   

Chairing a meeting of the officers of Animal, Sheep Husbandry Departments here today, Mir Zahoor reviewed the pace of progress of various works under taken under these sectors, according to an official spokesperson. The minister said that the state is lacking in poultry and egg production and there is a huge monopoly of rates in the market. He said it is the need of the hour to fill the gap and establishing of a mega Hatchery Plant in the State will greatly help in meeting the demands for poultry and eggs.

It was given out in the meeting that the process for importing Ram sheep has been started and for the purpose a DPR of Rs 3 crore has already been submitted to the concerned quarters. It was informed in the meeting that 4.5 crore Day Old Chicks (DOC) are produced in the Kashmir division and 2.5 crore (DOC) imported per year, while Jammu division produces 1.5 crore DOCs per year.