GANDERBAL: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Ganderbal on Tuesday organised a livestock development programme under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) at Lar Ganderbal in which tribal farmers and farm women from Waliwar, Chountwaliwar, Chanthan, Gulabpora and the adjoining villages participated.
Adult egg laying birds of Vanraja strain were distributed free of cost among the farmers and in all sixty backyard poultry units were established in the backyards of farmers under the TSP programme of SKUAST-K, read an official handout.
According to the handout, Subject Matter Specialist, KVK-Ganderbal, Dr Parvaiz Reshi briefed the participants about the role of backyard poultry farming in livelihood generation, women empowerment, integrated farming and nutritional security in tribal areas. He also informed farmers about the scientific backyard poultry farming.
“Kashmir Valley is the only state [sic] in India where desi product costs more and hence rearing birds under backyards is a great opportunity for more income generation,” Reshi said.
Senior scientist and head KVK Ganderbal Dr Javid Ahmad Bhat in his address impressed upon farmers that KVK-Ganderbal “is keenly interested in upliftment of tribal farmers” whose main livelihood is generated from livestock.
“We are distributing the elite strains of egg laying birds free of cost among you people (tribals) understanding that it will supplement your income and ensure protein supplementation of your families,” Bhat said adding KVK-Ganderbal would arrange more such programmes in future as well.