An environment-friendly and spacious broiler shed that houses more than 2,000 chickens in a 2,500 sqft area welcome the visitors in Reddiappatty village near Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district.

N. Navaneethakrishnan, the poultry farm owner who is a beneficiary in the district, said he received an equal subsidy of Rs 2.06 lakh each from the State and the Central government. While the State government fund is meant for constructing the shed, the Central fund is from Poultry Venture Capital Fund. The remaining amount he has borrowed from a bank, Mr Navaneethakrishnan said.

Animal Husbandry department authorities said the ‘Poultry Development Scheme’ has been launched in non-poultry areas in the State – Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Virudhunagar, Ariyalur, Perambalur, Cuddalore and Villupuram districts as there is a good scope for broiler farming in these areas.

More than 5,000 plus chicks have been given to the farmer by poultry companies. The chicks have to be grown to a weight of two kilograms within 42 days. The company also provides feed and medicine. Mr Navaneethakrishnan said the main problem they faced was the heat due to which the mortality will increase. However, he was able to curtail the mortality to three per cent and the permissible mortality rate fixed by the animal husbandry department is five per cent.

In order to overcome the heat, the farmers provide glucose to the chicks and spray water inside the shed to bring down the mortality rate.

The poultry sheds are eco-friendly ones. The droppings on the floor of the sheds are useful manure for the agricultural farmers.

Mr Navaneethakrishnan already raised one batch of chicken which was taken back by the poultry company. He was able to get more than Rs 50,000 as revenue from the first batch.

The farmer will get five batches of over 5,000 chickens in each batch in a year. Mr Navaneethakrishnan said the government should intervene as electricity board officials were charging industrial tariff for his poultry farm.