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Poultry sector wants Centre to support R&D efforts

| | Updated on: Nov 23, 2011
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The Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, Mr Charan Das Mahant, has urged representatives of the poultry sector to put forth their suggestions in the next couple of months to be incorporated in the 12th Five-Year Plan.

Inaugurating Poultry India 2011 today, the Minister said poultry continued to be one of the most resilient fast-growing sector among agriculture and allied sectors in the country. Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu accounted for 70 per cent of egg production in the country. The meet saw representatives of the sector seeking research and development support and an enabling policy network from the Government of India. The sector has an estimated turnover of Rs 55,000 crore.

It generates direct and indirect employment to about 6.2 million people, a number that is projected to go up to 8.2 million by the year 2015.

Three-day exhibition

A special three-day exhibition with participants from both Indian and foreign companies also began today at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

The Andhra Pradesh Minister for Information Technology, Mr Ponnala Lakshmaiah, a poultry farmer himself, said the Centre should constitute a task force to solve the sector's problems. He said the sector was important on three important counts — nutrition, rural employment generation and poultry litter contributing to about 10 per cent of the total farmyard manure used in the country.

Published on November 23, 2011

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