Special Correspondent

Launch in 10 grama panchayats in Malabar initially

Two new units for poultry feed production

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation will distribute three fowls and 6 kg poultry feed each to BPL families in select grama panchayats, Minister for Animal Husbandry C. Divakaran has said.

He was speaking to presspersons here on Saturday.

Mr. Divakaran said it had been decided to implement the programme in 10 grama panchayats in the Malabar region initially and then extend it to one grama panchayat in an Assembly segment in a phased manner in a year.

He said the programme had been designed to create employment opportunities in the rural areas and attain self-sufficiency in chicken and egg production.

The corporation, which had been struggling for survival, had registered remarkable growth in poultry rearing and egg production in the past three years, he said.

It had recorded a loss of Rs.10.02 lakh in 2004-05. The loss came down to Rs.2.35 lakh in 2005-06. Between 2006 and 2009, it earned a profit of Rs.1 crore. It was aiming at self-sufficiency in egg production so that the flow of money to other States could be prevented.

Poultry clubs

He said the corporation had diversified its operations, including the launch of mobile chicken vending units. It had decided to increase the production of poultry feed by opening new units at Kudappanakkunnu, near here, and Mala in Thrissur.

Poultry clubs would be opened in 50,000 schools where the students will be given three birds and 1 kg feed, he said.