Indian state supports small-scale poultry farmers
The state government in Goa, India is introducing a new scheme to support small scale poultry farming, where cash and free equipment will be provided to farmers as benefits.
Under the scheme, a beneficiary that rears a minimum of 100 birds will be entitled to a cash subsidy and a cage unit to accommodate 100 adult birds.
The aim of the scheme is to enable farmers to get fresh chicken/eggs at any time and to provide the choice of rearing broilers and layers. By adopting poultry farming, farmers can get supplementary income and a nutritive diet without engaging additional labour.
"Since the last five years, Goa has witnessed a drastic reduction in the number of poultry farms and 90% of local small scale poultry farmers were compelled to close down. The government is, therefore, offering encouragement in the form of cash subsidy to boost and supplement agricultural income of the farmers. This scheme will indirectly generate organic manure needed by the agriculture farmers," the scheme states.
The scheme is open to any individual who is a bonafide resident of Goa and rears poultry birds (broilers/layers) within the state. Farmers availing the scheme will have to undergo a one-day poultry farmer's training by the state government.
Source: The Times of India
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