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Minister for revamp of poultry panel connecting all stakeholders
Wednesday, 23 March, 2022, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, MoS, Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, has recommended the reconstitution of the Poultry Advisory Committee towards connecting all stakeholders. He also urged the industry to ‘focus on integration of small farmers for a vibrant & sustainable poultry sector’.

Addressing the National Conference on Poultry & Poultry Products hosted by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Minister said, “Towards becoming AatmaNirbhar and aligned to the Make in India vision of the government, industry should focus on R&D towards offsetting import dependence for vaccines and feed additives.”

He said that cognizant of the sector’s impact and potential, the Union Budget (2022-23) has allocated Rs 6,407 crore for the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, which is an increase of 44% from the 2021-22 allocation.

He added that along with the organised sector, it was critical to encourage and empower unorganised and backyard poultry, evolving them into proactive business entities that can be part of the poultry supply chain and integrate with the private industry output.

“Towards this, numerous initiatives have been undertaken under the National Livestock Mission (NLM) and Rural Backyard Poultry Development (RBPD). Also the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund has been set up to encourage meat processing and value addition infrastructure,” said Dr Balyan.

He elaborated that with the policy interventions by Government and enterprise of private players, poultry farming today has transformed into a very scientific operation. Going forward, towards recognising the full potential of the sector, focus needs to be on leveraging technology for disease surveillance and feed innovation, strengthening cold chain infrastructure for integrated supply chains, and encouraging market transition from live birds to chilled and frozen products and so on.

Present on the occasion was Atul Chaturvedi, Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying.

He stated, “While the government has put in place initiatives such as PLI and AHIDF, going forward, industry needs to come up with effective and sustainable solutions towards making our products competitive such that we not only meet protein requirements in India but also export to the world. Focus also needs to be given on availability of quality feed at affordable prices towards creating an economically viable and sustainable poultry industry.”
 
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