JAMMU, Feb 20: Veterinary scientists and students from SKUAST-Jammu today held various aid camps for Gujjar and Bakarwal communities of Jammu region.
The camps were held under a project sponsored by Government of India which targets upliftment and empowerment of Gujjar and Bakarwal women through improved managerial practices in livestock rearing. Simultaneously, awareness in aspects of personal health, hygiene and sanitation were also deliberated. Besides these objectives, Dr. Jafrin Ara Ahmed, Principal Investigator of the project elucidated various schemes of the Government and importance of education for the girl child.
Dr. Nawab Nashiruddullah, Dr. Ankur Sharma, Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Dr. Aditi Koul and Dr. Kawardeep Kour offered their services in disease diagnosis and treatment of the animal flocks.
Subject experts Dr. Nazam Khan and Dr. Vikas Mahajan emphasized on preparation of silage as ‘fodder bank’ and ‘vermicomposting’ animal dung waste as an alternate source of income. A team of medical doctors also offered free medical check-up and advised women on aspects of health and nutrition.
Medicines, sanitary pads and veterinary first-aid kits for migratory groups were freely distributed in the camps.