AN ANALYTICAL STUDY OF LIVESTOCK IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Parveen Kumar1*, S.K.Kher2 and Sudhakar Dwivedi3
|Corresponding Author: Parveen Kumar, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Received: 08 June 2012 Accepted: 15 June 2012|
Livestock plays a significant role in the rural economy of Jammu and Kashmir. Every rural household is associated with livestock. The number of livestock per 1000 of human population in Jammu and Kashmir as per livestock census 2007 was 882 animals while as at all India level the number was only 457, as per livestock census 2003. But the state still lags behind in production of milk and milk products. The present study conducted in District Jammu and Kathua of Jammu and Kashmir State was an endaveour 'to know about the livestock profile of the respondents, the constraints faced by the respondents and their knowledge of animal rearing practices. The result of study revealed that the major constraints faced by the farmers were High cost of feed, lack of guaranteed price of milk, low yield, lack of milk processing technologies and lack of cooperative network.. Regarding the respondents awareness of different animal rearing practices, the study revealed that only 30% of the respondents had knowledge of balanced feed, 28.33% knew about how to make silage, 11.66% had knowledge of disposal of animal waste and just 20% had knowledge about vaccination of livestock. The study also came up with some interventions for minimizing the constraints faced by the respondents with the ultimate objective of increasing the production and productivity.