Jagatsinghpur, July 28 (LocalWire): The district chick centre which is closed since the last eight months after incurring heavy losses and going through a funds crunch will open soon to supply chicks to those who availed financial assistance under Krushak assistance for livelihood and income augmentation (KALIA) scheme.
Animal husbandry department’s lone chick producing centre, which was opened in Jagatsinghpur town on November 2015 at the cost of Rs 29.73 lakhs, had closed down after the landless farmers who had opened the small poultry unit by availing financial assistance from the KALIA scheme couldn’t sustain the business as chicks were not available at a reasonable rate.
The department employed two staffs to produce and sell chicks but this project stopped producing chicks and is now in a dilapidated condition.
The electrical transformer, installed at the cost of Rs 4 lakhs, is completely damaged after the closure of the unit.
Nearly 40,147 small and marginal farmers received Rs 25000 to purchase seeds, fertilizers, pesticides and towards labour charges while 8670 farmers including landless farmers received Rs 12500 each in KALIA scheme which they could spend to rear goats, open small units like poultry, fishery, mushroom cultivation, bee-keeping and so on.
To meet the growing demand for chicks, department of animal husbandry has taken the initiative to produce chicks for KALIA beneficiaries in this district.
A large number of irregularities in producing chicks and therefore, did not operate properly.
Now, the department has decided to install another electrical transformer at the cost of Rs 6.69 lakh and the proposal for the project has been sent to the state government for its approval.
The chief district veterinary officer Ramesh Chandra Behera confessed ‘with the growing demands of KALIA beneficiaries, the department has decided to reopen the chick center.
We can produce nearly 3000 chicks every fortnight.
In case of non-sale, we have arranged another infrastructure to rear 1,000 chicks in one batch after supplying 2000 chicks.
The demand to breed will be more after KALIA scheme and therefore so we have taken steps to reopen this center for KALIA beneficiaries.’