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Poultry sector sees it as panacea for labour shortage

M.K. Ananth
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Just like agriculture, the poultry sector too wants to be covered under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

The suggestion, made by poultry farmers here, is to address the problem of labour shortage faced by the sector. According to them, the wage component can be shared by the government and the poultry sector, ensuring round-the-year employment for the workers.

“Prior to the launch of the scheme, workers used to come to our farms on their own.

Now, we have to arrange transportation from far-off places,” State president of the Tamil Nadu Poultry Farmers Association R. Nallathambi told The Hindu .

“The cost of labour has also gone up, thanks to the scheme. A woman labourer who was paid Rs. 100-a-day earlier is now being paid Rs. 150, while men who got Rs. 200-a-day are demanding Rs. 400. Though we are ready to pay them, we are facing labour shortage of 25 per cent.”

By employing labourers from Bihar, the sector has been able to reduce the intensity of the problem. “Our sector is still in need of thousands of skilled and unskilled labourers for various activities, including collecting eggs and loading and unloading feed ingredients,” he says

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