Director of Animal/Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, Dr. Mohd Iqbal, Conducts Extensive Tour of Zanskar Valley

Dr. Mohd Iqbal, Director of Animal/Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries, UT Ladakh, conducted an extensive tour of the Zanskar Subdivision. Upon arrival in Abran on June 10, Dr. Iqbal received a warm reception from Dr. Ashiq Hussain, Livestock Development Officer (LDO) Zanskar, and officials from the Sheep Husbandry Department (SHD) Zanskar.

During the tour, Dr. Iqbal assessed various ongoing infrastructure development projects in Zanskar. He was briefed by LDO Zanskar on the progress of the modern Veterinary Hospital in Padum, which is being funded under the Special Development Package (SDP) at an estimated cost of Rs 5.58 Crores. Dr. Iqbal was assured by the LDO that the construction would be completed on time within the current working season, and he instructed close monitoring of the project.

Dr. Iqbal also conducted a thorough inspection of livestock at the Equine Breeding Farm (EBF) Zanskar, expressing satisfaction with the ongoing activities and emphasizing animal health and preventive measures. He further inspected the Integrated Watershed Development Programme (IWDP) work valued at Rs 50 lakh and expressed contentment with its progress.

Additionally, Dr. Iqbal convened a meeting with all in-charges of the Livestock Development Centers (LDC) of Zanskar Subdivision at the LDO office. The meeting focused on project evaluation and future initiatives aimed at enhancing livestock development.

Later, Dr. Ashiq Hussain, LDO Zanskar, submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to Dr. Iqbal for the strengthening and upgrading of the Equine Breeding Farm Zanskar, with the goal of better serving the local livestock industry.

Dr. Iqbal’s visit underscores the department’s dedication to improving animal husbandry and veterinary services in UT Ladakh, ensuring livestock health and well-being, and supporting essential infrastructure for sustainable regional development.

On June 11, during interactions with animal breeders in Karsha, Dr. Iqbal responded to requests for upgrading the Livestock Development Center (LDC) Karsha and assured the establishment of an auxiliary animal health center in Sani village.

While en route to Kargil, Dr. Iqbal engaged with livestock breeders, addressing their concerns regarding healthcare facilities and issuing directives to ensure comprehensive veterinary services under the Block Veterinary Office (BVO) Panikhar.

At Rangdum village, a delegation emphasized the necessity of a livestock development center and other facilities for grazing livestock. Dr. Iqbal assured them of prompt action to meet their demands.

Upon arrival at Panikhar, Dr. Iqbal inspected the newly constructed block veterinary hospital and discussed road access issues, agreeing in principle on solutions with local stakeholders.

Furthermore, at Sankoo, Dr. Iqbal reviewed ongoing projects at the Block Veterinary Office (BVO) and directed the establishment of an Auxiliary Veterinary Pharmacy cum Artificial Insemination Center. Discussions with the Sheep Development Officer focused on resolving access road issues to the main office.

The Director’s tour highlights the administration’s proactive approach to enhancing veterinary infrastructure and services in the Zanskar Valley, addressing local needs, and supporting the welfare of the animal husbandry community.

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