Brief information about the department of Animal/Sheep Husbandry
The department of Animal & Sheep Husbandry caters veterinary services in Ladakh. It’s engaged in the wellbeing of animals by providing preventive and therapeutic veterinary health care to livestock apart from the improvement and conservation of genetic resources of some unique breeds of livestock namely Changthangi goat, Double Humped Camel, Yaks, Zanskari horses & Ladakhi cattle.
Genetic up gradation through cross breeding programme with Karakul & Russian merino sheep & Jersey cattle are being carried out by the department.
The Department provides health coverage to 84201 No’s of Cattle Population, 20302 Yak population, 5.69 Lacs Sheep/goat population, 9990 equines/donkey,298 camelsthrough 145 animal health centers and 117 Sheep extensioncenter across UT Ladakh.
The various departmental farms apart from conservation, also serve as center for disseminating on spot farm demonstration to farmers.
The department manages various farms across Ladakh. Presently there are one Double Humped Camel farm,Two Yak Breeding farms,Two Zanskari Equine Breeding Farms, 03 Poultry farms, Three Cattle farms, Three Pashmina Goat farms, One Karakul sheep farm, Two Merino sheep farms& One Angora farms.
The department plays a vital role in the livelihood and income generation of people of the region. The animal sector apart from the livelihood, contributes towards the health and nutritional security of the people by providing organic products in the form of milk, meat, egg and in textile sector through wool and fine fibers like Pashmina/yak & camel wool.
The annual milkproduction of Ladakh is 26935.09 MT, Wool is 221.02MT, world finest Pashmina production of about 55.06 MT &Mutton 9596.77 Qtls
The department has also been actively involved the mitigation of stray dog population in Ladakh by conducting animal birth control and anti-rabies programme.
Fisheries department, Ladakh
UT Ladakh is bestowed with vast water resources in the form of Rivers, Lakes, Streams and spring water from which fish can be produced profitably. Fisheries play a major role in respect of human nutrition and providing employment to unemployed youths of the region and Fisheries related recreational tourism. Development of aquaculture can generate considerable employment opportunities in Ladakh region by production and marketing of fishes.
The department manages 10 fish farms across Ladakh where rainbow trout fish are reared and supplied to public. Breeding of rainbowtroutscarried out at fish farm, Nubra&Chushod of Leh district and at Damnsa Fish Farm located in Kargil. Hatcheries are under construction at fish farm Chuchot (Leh) and fish farm Damnsa (Kargil). The annual fish production of Ladakh is about 35.50 tonnes
AIM & OBJECTIVE
Animal/sheep Husbandry department
- Provision of veterinary health care
- Conservation and improvement of animal genetic resources for enhancement of productivity.
- Prevention and control of diseases inanimal
- Livestock Management and Nutritional security
- Extension work, to encourage farmers and youths towards sustainable livestock sector for livelihood
- Value addition of livestock products like milk, meat, wool & Pashmina/yak/camel fibers.
- To generate employment to the unemployed youths
- To provide quality protein rich fish food to the local and tourists.
- To provide fresh and healthy fish to the consumers right from the fish farms
- To promote fish farming among the locals in far flung areas
- To promote tourism through recreational Fisheries
- To protect and safe guard fish fauna of Ladakh
- Survey & investigation of open water bodies to enhance tourism and capture/culture Fisheries