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Country fowl rearing scheme to help SC women

FOR SC women: Veterinary University Training and Research Centre plans to introduce a multi-purpose scheme to improve poultry management in Tirupur.

FOR SC women: Veterinary University Training and Research Centre plans to introduce a multi-purpose scheme to improve poultry management in Tirupur.   | Photo Credit: — File Photo

R. Vimal Kumar

It is expected to commence from April

Tirupur: Veterinary University Training and Research Centre (VUTRC), Tirupur, affiliated to Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, plans to introduce a multi-purpose scheme to improve poultry management for retail to enhance livelihood opportunities for scheduled caste women in Tirupur and its suburbs.

The project titled ‘rotational desi bird (country fowl) rearing’ is expected to commence from April.

R. Selvaraj, Associate Professor and Head, VUTRC, told The Hindu that as part of the scheme, it was conceptualised to distribute five country fowls (four hens and a cock) each free to a total of 300 SC women over three phases.

“The birds will be vaccinated against Raniket disease and worm infections at the centre itself before being distributed to the beneficiaries,” he said.

Assistance

Technical staff at the VUTRC will extend assistance to the farmers for carrying out periodic healthcare to the fowls.

Each of the farm women to be benefited by the scheme should give back five chicks from the first breeding to the VUTRC, which in turn will be used for supplying it to more number of farmers later.

The country fowl lays about 10 eggs every time.

Dr Selvaraj said rearing of country fowls would help the farmers earn better unit value vis-À-vis broiler chickens.

“A three-month-old 1.25 kg weighing country fowl can fetch the farmers up to Rs. 150 in the open market against Rs. 90 that can be obtained from the sale of a broiler chicken of the same weight,” he added.

According to him, meat of country fowls contains greater percentage of Omega 3 fatty acids than in the broiler chickens which is good for human health.

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