J&K: SKUAST distributes backyard poultry units under NABARD

In the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology’s (SKUAST) distributed free of cost keystone golden chicks and poultry feed to beneficiaries through the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Ganderbal district.
The chicks and feed were distributed among 20 male and 20 female beneficiaries from two adopted villages of Repora and Dignibal of the district under National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) supported project, “Propagation of elite backyard birds for enhancing egg production in rural areas”.
Measures for effective implementation of the project with active participation of the beneficiaries were also discussed. In addition, an awareness program on backyard poultry farming was held.
The farmers praised the SKUAST-Kashmir initiative, and assured good care and management of these promising birds. They also promised horizontal expansion of this remunerative enterprise.
The program was chaired by Prof Azmat Alam Khan (Associate Director Research and Principal Investigator of the project).
Other attendees included Prof Islam-U-Din Sheikh (Head, Division of Livestock Production and Management, FVSc & AH, Shuhama), Dr Sajad Mohiuddin (Senior Scientist & Head, KVK Ganderbal), DrAijaz A Dar & Dr Nazir Ahmed (Scientists, Directorate of Extension), Dr Pervaiz A Dar (Scientist, Animal Sciences, KVK Ganderbal) and other staff of the Kendra.