Bhubaneswar, September 7 (LocalWire): With over 80% of the Odisha’s poultry being produced in organised commercial farms, the state government has decided to promote backyard poultry farming through its flagship Krushak Assistance for Livelihood and Income Augmentation (KALIA) scheme for farmers.
Backyard poultry rearing is practiced by households in rural areas in an unorganised way and on a limited scale.
The birds forage during the day while at night they are provided with shelter in makeshift sheds.
These backyard poultries are much sought after for its nutritional values besides the flavour and taste of its meat.
The backyard poultry generates additional income and provides nutritional substitute among the poorest of the poor.
“It plays an important role in providing livelihood and achieving nutritional security in rural areas,” an official of Animal Husbandry Department said, adding that as backyard poultry farming has the potential to augment rural economy and improve nutrition, those who evince interest in it will be provided with incentives under the KALIA scheme.
While the department has plans to promote backyard entrepreneurship in rural areas, it also aims to engage women self-help groups (SHGs) for better marketing of poultry products.
According to the government plan, large integrators in the poultry sector will be incentivised to set up decentralised production models to usher in rural prosperity through large scale poultry production. They will be assisted to set up decentralised production models of 3,000-7,000 birds per farmer.
Vaccinators will be trained to provide vaccination at the village and farm level.
The Sahayaks will be trained in vaccination of poultry and vaccines will be made available through government veterinary hospitals.
Local women will also be trained to vaccinate the birds.
Farmer Producer’s Organisations would be formed for aggregation of poultry egg and meat in the rural areas.
Besides private sector participation will be encouraged in setting up modern units of poultry processing, officials said, quoting the contents of the government’s draft policy in this regard.