Jammu and Kashmir especially the hilly areas have huge potential for the establishment of goat units and also for the sheep units. J&K administration in the recent past through different schemes has tried to bring more and more youth into the fold of establishing their own units and generating employment.
Jammu and Kashmir is having enormous potential and a conducive environment for sheep and goat farming, Jammu and Kashmir is still facing a significant gap between demand and supply of mutton.
Jammu and Kashmir Sheep Husbandry Department data, 594 sheep and goat units have been established under the scheme in the financial year 2021-22, providing employment to hundreds of people in the Union Territory.
As per the departmental statistics, under this scheme 69 units have been established in Anantnag, 93 in Baramulla, 65 in Bandipora, 60 in Budgam, 56 in Ganderbal, 58 in Kulgam, 77 in Kupwara, 47 in Pulwama, 43 in Shopian and 26 in Srinagar.
329 units were provided to the beneficiaries in the year 2021-22 in Jammu region by the Animal Husbandry Department under the Integrated Sheep Development Scheme. The structural changes and consolidation of different programmes for farm and non-farm population in the rural areas is nothing short of a revolution for rural J&K.
The J&K has also redefined the agriculture and horticulture business in the country with expanded operations and a strong supply chain system, which had never happened in the last 70 years.