In order to increase farmers’ income, Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare emphasised on the increasing poultry production.
The Minister was speaking on the occasion of 28th Annual Meeting of Poultry Federation of India in Hyderabad. The Minister said that poultry production is not only an important source of subsidiary income generation for many landless and marginal farmers but also provides nutritional security to the rural poor. However, compared to the organized sector, this backyard unorganized poultry needs efforts at different levels to grow. The Government of India under its initiative programme of National Livestock Mission aims at sustainable growth and development of livestock sector including poultry.
The Minister further said that under the National Livestock Mission, there are provisions of development of poultry farming and allied activities. We also need to pay attention to the global market challenges. Singh added that there are possible solutions for meeting challenges, whether at domestic or global level. Government has taken several steps in this regard. Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries has launched a dedicated website on Sanitary Import Permit for online receipt and processing of SIP applications for import of livestock and livestock products including poultry and implementation of Single Window System for online clearance of livestock and livestock products by all Animal Quarantine and Certificate Services Stations.
Regarding the poultry production, Singh said that during 2014-15, the egg production with an annual growth rate of nearly 5 percent, has reached to 78 billion eggs. The poultry meat production is estimated to be 3 million metric tonne. In 2015-16, the poultry products export was around Rs 768 crore. Along with increase in poultry production, there is increase in income of poultry farmers. Singh said that there are also problems associated with this industry and the small and large farmers have to grapple with them from time to time. One of the issues is spread of avian influenza which is a serious impediment to the development of poultry industry. Despite this, timely intervention by the Government and efforts of private sector has enabled development in this sector.