Poultry production, farmers' income rise, but sector faces problems: Minister

While poultry production and farmers' incomes have recorded a rise, the sector was facing numerous problems, according to Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
Addressing the 28th annual meeting of the Poultry Federation of India here yesterday, Mr. Singh said that, during 2014-15, egg production with an annual growth rate of nearly 5% had reached 78 billion while poultry meat production was estimated to be three million tonnes.
Poultry products valued at around Rs. 768 crore were exported in 2015-16, leading to increased income for poultry farmers, he said.
However, both small and large farmers were having to grapple with a number of issues from time to time like the spread of avian influenza, posing a serious impediment to the development of the industry, he said.
The Minister pointed out that poultry production was not only an important source of subsidiary income generation for many landless and marginal farmers but also provides nutritional security to the rural poor. However, compared to the organized sector, this backyard unorganized sector needs efforts at different levels to grow.
He said that, under the National Livestock Mission, the Government aimed at sustainable growth and development of the livestock sector including poultry. “We also need to pay attention to the global market challenges. The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries has launched a dedicated website on Sanitary Import Permit for online receipt and processing of SIP applications for import of livestock and livestock products including poultry. A Single Window System has been set up for online clearance of livestock and livestock products by all Animal Quarantine and Certificate Services Stations.”


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