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Modern poultry farms, research centers to be set up in KP           
 

Provincial Minister for Livestock, Dairy Development and Cooperatives, Hidayatullah Khan on Sunday said the government accords high priority to livestock and poultry sectors in Khyber Pakthunkhwa and focus is being made for establishment of model poultry forms.

“The establishment of these centres would help to promote livestock and poultry sectors in rural areas and will increase income of masses and farmers,” he said while addressing a public gathering on occasion of giving Category D status to Rural Health Centre Munda in Lower Dir.

Speaking on the occasion, the Minister said the government accords high priority to rebuilding and reconstruction of terrorism and flood hit areas of Khyber Pakthunkhwa and ANP have achieved maximum targets announced in its election manifesto.

“The targets of renaming the province as Khyber Pakthunkhwa, provincial autonomy, establishment of peace in areas that was challenged by militants and terrorists and reforms in FCR have been achieved and Darul Qaza was established with cost of Rs.350million on request of people of Malakand Division despite west’s opposition.”

He said Darul Qaza was the old age demand of people of Swat and Malakand Division and the incumbent government has fulfilled the pledge to provide inexpensive and speedy justice to litigants.

To address problems of masses, the Livestock Minister said centre for promotion of livestock sector has been established in Lower Dir and a separate feeder and grid station at Jandol have been approved by Khyber Pakthunkhwa government to address low voltage problems and load shedding.

He said the facility would be inaugurated this week for which all arrangements have been completed. As many as Rs.90million have been spent on provision of basic health facilities at Smar Bagh to mitigate suffering of ailing humanity, he remarked.

The Minister announced Rs.75million for provision of modern equipments and machinery for Munda Hospital and Rs.110million for construction of link roads at Meega area to provide better communication facilities to masses.

Work on provision of gas project cost Rs.800 million to Lower Dir was underway that would also be extended to Tehsil Smarbagh, he elaborated.
 

The government is starting a number of livestock projects for breeding, conserving and protecting native breeds in current fiscal year, he added.

In addition to establishment of modern Livestock and Poultry Research Centre at Jaba in Mansehra district costing Rs230 million, he said anti-bird flu vaccine would also be prepared in the centre, which would save valuable foreign exchange for the country.

The government has restarted mobile veterinary dispensaries project where a quality team will visit each union council after every 15 days to examine animals and provide free treatment.

The government will establish 200 veterinary dispensaries besides 2,400 mobile veterinary camps in the next fiscal. He said it is a three-year project that would be completed at a cost of Rs80 million.

Dairy colonies are being launched in Peshawar, Mardan and Dera Ismail Khan districts where plots would be given to livestock owners to expand their business.

Work on dairy colony in DI Khan has been started and will be established on 200 acres.

Work on Peshawar and Mardan dairy colonies, of 500 kanal each, will soon start, he added.

Another project costing Rs150 million will be launched for reconstruction of damaged veterinary hospitals and dispensaries, he said.

Another project costing Rs250 million would also be launched for capacity building of women associated with livestock and dairy sector, he added. Milk and meat project would also be started at a cost of Rs300 million.

The Minister said that 71 projects for agriculture and livestock were planned in the budget and 70 percent amount for ongoing and 30 for new projects in the budget were earmarked by government to bring white revolution and fulfill meat requirements of people.


Courtesy: The DAWN

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