Delegates evince interest in enrolling for diploma course at VC&RI
A 16-member delegation from Myanmar comprising representatives of the Government of Myanmar and businessmen evinced interest in establishing huge sheds such as the ones established in Namakkal to raise egg laying chicken. They were here on Saturday to visit poultry farms, hatcheries and laboratories where feed of the birds is tested.
Veterinarian and one of the delegates Dr. Kyaw Htin told The Hindu that poultry farms in Myanmar were not as organised as the ones in Namakkal.
“Farms there are smaller in size. The big farms there have about 10,000 to 30,000 layer birds and the biggest has about 1,00,000 birds. We are surprised to see many farms in this region with more than 1,00,000 birds,” he said.
Dr. Kyaw also said that poultry sheds in their country were built with bamboo and timber.
“They don’t have house-like concrete structure as in Namakkal that have a host of advantages over the farms in Myanmar. Sheds here are raised sheds that not only offer ventilation for the birds but also help protect the birds from diseases.”
“Climate is similar in both the places, but farmers here have birds with white feathers that bear the heat better than brown hens in Myanmar. We employ four labourers in a shed with 10,000 hens unlike sheds with more than 30,000 hens in Namakkal that have the same number of labourers. Farms here are more advanced by establishing automatic feeding system,” the delegate added.
After visiting the technologies adopted in poultry farms and hatcheries, the delegates attended a lecture on the supportive facilities provided by the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) - such as feed testing and analysis - for the benefit and growth of the poultry industry.
A few delegates evinced interest in enrolling for the three-month diploma course in feed testing for layer birds that is offered by the Veterinary College and Research Institute (VC&RI) in Namakkal that is attached to the TANUVAS.
“This course will help us understand the best feed management practices here and bring our farms as successful as the farms in this town,” they said.
The delegates were led by Than Htaik, Deputy Director of Livestock Breeding and Veterinary Development, Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Mandalay Region.
Director of the Federation of Indian Export Organisations (Southern Region) - set up by the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India - K. Unnikrishnan said that this was the first team of delegates from Myanmar to visit India.
“Myanmar is an unexplored market with huge potential. It has an agriculture-based economy that is trying to explore new avenues in poultry, dairy and fisheries.”
“The country has a huge cheaply available manpower but with not much industrial activity. India has exported goods worth 2 billion US $ to that country in 2011-12. Efforts are under way to increase it to 5 billion $ in 2014-15,” Mr. Unnikrishnan said and added that Indian entrepreneurs should make use of this opportunity, else lose the competition to their neighbour China.