‘75,000 youth directly involved in poultry biz; 1.40 lakh can be employed in next 5 yrs’
SRINAGAR: To discuss the draft poultry policy and measures to be taken to uplift the poultry industry in the state, Principal Secretary, Animal, Sheep Husbandry and Fisheries departments, Asgar Hassan Samoon chaired a meeting here on Tuesday.
The meeting discussed various clauses of the draft policy and feedback, recommendations and suggestions from the farmers, dealers and experts. Establishment of Poultry Development Board and Poultry Development Institution in the state were also discussed in the meeting, an official handout read.
Samoon asked officers to consult all stakeholders before finalising the policy and to take suggestions and recommendations from the farmers so that the policy could be formulated for the benefit of the farmers. He also discussed with the officers the way out for the introduction of insurance cover for the poultry, read the handout.
The principal secretary said the governor’s administration was keen to make the poultry business a full-fledged industry besides transforming the state from poultry consumption state into poultry production state.
He said “currently 75,000 youth are directly involved in the poultry business while 1.40 lakh can be employed during next 5 years besides retention of capital and increase in prosperity index of state”.
Samoon asked poultry farmers in the state to develop and upgrade their farms to produce day-old chicks, eggs, poultry feed and layers in sufficient quantity. He said that sector could open job avenues for thousands of unemployed youth, the handout read further.
He also directed the officials to “check the illegal import of dressed chickens which destroys the local market besides raising doubts about the authenticity of the dressed”.
The meeting also deliberated over the wholesale rate of chicken at farms and it was decided that the concerns of all stakeholders will be taken care of while fixing rates.
Stressing for establishing of feed units to minimise production costs, he said that purchasing feed for poultry birds adds to the production costs for poultry farmers and directed them to integrate their farms with feed manufacturing plants to cut down the production cost.
Samoon also directed the officials to establish poultry mandi in various districts to provide a platform to farmers where they can sell their stock, the handout added.