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Centre Urged to Support Poultry Sector's R&D Efforts

by 5m Editor
24 November 2011, at 7:09am

HYDERABAD, INDIA - The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Charan Das Mahant, has urged representatives of the poultry sector to put forth their suggestions in the next couple of months to be incorporated in the 12th Five-Year Plan.

Inaugurating Poultry India 2011 yesterday, the Minister said poultry continued to be one of the most resilient fast-growing sector among agriculture and allied sectors in the country.

Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu accounted for 70 per cent of egg production in the country, according to The Hindu Business Line. The meet saw representatives of the sector seeking research and development support and an enabling policy network from the Government of India. The sector has an estimated turnover of Rs 55 billion.

It generates direct and indirect employment to about 6.2 million people, a number that is projected to go up to 8.2 million by the year 2015.

A special three-day exhibition with participants from both Indian and foreign companies also began yesterday at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

The Andhra Pradesh Minister for Information Technology, Ponnala Lakshmaiah, a poultry farmer himself, said the Centre should constitute a task force to solve the sector's problems.

He said the sector was important on three important counts — nutrition, rural employment generation and poultry litter contributing to about 10 per cent of the total farmyard manure used in the country.