The Department of Sheep Husbandry Jammu is under the
Administrative control of the Principal Secretary to Government,
Animal/ Sheep Husbandry & Fisheries Department, J&K. which is
providing direction and administration for overall functioning
of the Department. The Department in Jammu Division is headed by
Director. He is assisted by two Joint Directors, i.e., Joint
Director Extension for field activities and Joint Director Farms
who monitors the functioning of Government Farms. At District
level District Sheep Husbandry Officers are controlling officers
assisted by Sheep and Wool Development Officers and Veterinary
Assistant Surgeons. At base level Sheep Extension Centres are
providing necessary health care, breeding cover and extension
facilities to the sheep and goat breeders.
Role of sheep and goat rearing in the Jammu division
The livestock industry plays vital role in the state economy.
This has been major factor for sheep and goat rearing as prime
occupation by communities like Gaddies, Bakerwals and Chopans
and in the recent times by the rural masses of plain belt of
Jammu division. The sheep and goat sector fulfills a pioneering
function in sustainable economic development and food security.
Tribal and rural population of the division is directly or
indirectly engaged with rearing of 20.08 Lacs sheep and 14.84
Lacs goats (Census figures for 2012).
Human Resources Available
Sanctioned strength of Gazetted, Non-Gazetted & Class IV of SHD