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Industry Receives a Boost in Kashmir

by 5m Editor
5 March 2009, at 9:05am

INDIA - The poultry industry in the state of Kashmir is to benefit from a newly recommissioned hatchery, and 360 new farms have been set up.

A poultry hatchery with a capacity of 12000 chickens has been recommissioned in Anantnag district of Kashmir, reports New Kerala.

The hatchery's previous incubators have been repaired and special power supply line has been laid to run it for 10 months a year at a cost of 490,0000 rupees (INR).

In addition, poultry rearing space has been created at the project site at a cost of INR 850,000 under a centrally sponsored scheme, officials in Srinigar have said.

Owned by the Poultry Development Project in Mattan, it has been recommissioned. Hatching capacity is 12,000 chicks to meet local farmers' demand for low-input birds for backyard rearing in the ditricts of Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian. The department plans to supply chicks of the Vana Raja, Chabro and Kashmir Commercial Layer type from the hatchery.

The Jammu and Kashmir Animal Husbandry Department (AHD) has set up 360 poultry and broiler units in south Kashmir district of Anantnag. The Kashmir valley imports thousands of chickens daily for local consumption.

Official sources say that the AHD has set up 171 backyard poultry and 189 broiler units in the district during the last 11 months, and has sold 6,200 day-old chicks and 34 tonnes of poultry meat.