Stakeholders demand industry status to poultry sector

Appeal FM to decontrol rates


Srinagar, Jan 28: Kashmir Valley Poultry Farmers Association has demanded ‘industry status’ to poultry sector in J&K.
 In a letter to Finance Minister, Abdul Rahim Rather, the association has demanded that poultry sector should get all the benefits being given by the government to different industry segments in Kashmir.
 Pertinently, the association has raised a number of issues in the letter seeking consideration from the finance minister in the upcoming budget.
 President of the association, G M Bhat while talking to Greater Kashmir said the poultry sector in Kashmir was being meted out step motherly treatment.
 “The government has brought this sector on negative list. It has not given the poultry the Industrial or Agricultural Status.”
  “It is an admitted fact that government has no jobs. More than 10 per cent of unemployed educated youth have chosen poultry farming. They earn livelihood for themselves and also give employment to more than 5 lakh people in Valley alone which includes their families, families of their employees, Medicine Companies/ Dealers, Retailers, Wholesalers, Load carrier owners, others.”
 He said at a time when the government should have given incentives to these poultry growers, “what we get is state indifference,” he said.
 The letter draws the attention of the minister on various issues the poultry farmers are confronting in the Valley.

 “A poultry farm of five thousand chicks requires at least three kanals of land and the average cost of which is not less than Rs 30 lakh. Construction of farm, feed store, labour room, office, kitchen, etc. further costs about Rs 45 lakh. So the basic investment for 5000 birds is more than Rs 75 lakh,” Bhat says in the letter.
 It further reads: “Likewise investment for 10,000 birds is Rs 1.5 crore and . . . there are farms which have the capacity of more than 20,000 birds.”
 Bhat, who is also executive member of Federation Chamber of Industries, Kashmir, said the government provided land to new entrepreneurs in industrial estates and 15 per cent subsidy on buildings, 30 per cent subsidy on machinery, 3 per cent interest subsidy, free testing lab and DG sets, etc, when their investment is much less than a poultry farm of capacity of 10,000 chicks.
 “We are not against their incentives. But our demand is why step motherly treatment to Poultry sector?” he asked.

RKD infection
 “The poultry sector in Kashmir is presently hit by the most dangerous infection RKD due to which Poultry farmers suffered losses in crores of rupees. To save this industry from the dangerous diseases and infections, government need to compensate the affected farmers.
 “The government should provide insurance cover to the poultry farming,” he said, adding that it should ban import of layer birds from states like Punjab which are main source for spreading the dangerous diseases.”
 Bhat writes in the letter that the government should build district-wise/tehsil-wise mandis so that poultry farms may be able to sell their products on reasonable rates.
 “The budget should allocate money for building modern investigation labs in districts and blocks for the poultry.”

Decontrol rates
 Bhat said the government should decontrol the poultry rates and “leave it to supply and demand in the market, which is the norm in the country.”
  “Everywhere in country you see the rates of poultry change as per supply and demand, but in Kashmir the rates are being decided by Director, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department, who don’t know even the basics of poultry,” Bhat added.
 The association has appealed the FM to consider their demands favourably so that “this vital sector does not become the victim of official apathy and wrong planning.”

Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 28 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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