NEW DELHI: As part of the Centrally sponsored scheme on poultry development, the Centre will assist poultry estates and rural backyard poultry development from this fiscal with an outlay of Rs 150 crore.
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram , after the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) meeting here on Thursday, said that the Centrally-sponsored scheme combines one component of existing scheme and has two new components, namely: Assistance to State Poultry Farms (continuing component), Rural Backyard Poultry Development and Poultry Estates (new components).
The scheme, through its assistance to State poultry farms’ component, aims at strengthening existing State Poultry Farms so as to enable them to provide inputs, mainly improved stocks suitable for rural backyard rearing.
The ‘Assistance to State Poultry Farm’ component will be on 80:20 (Centre to State) share basis other than North Eastern States where it will be 100 per cent Central share. For Poultry Estates component, the share is 75:25 between the Centre and State governments.
“The Rural Backyard Poultry Development component is expected to cover beneficiaries from below poverty line (BPL) to mainly enable them to gain supplementary income and nutritional support,” Chidamabaram said.
This component is expected to assist around 3.85 lakh beneficiary families by providing higher potential birds through 1,285 mother units, which will rear the day old chicks upto 4-6 weeks.
As far as the continuing ‘Assistance to State Poultry Farm’ component is concerned, it is decided to meet out the committed expenditure and take up new projects only where previously not addressed.
The scheme component is expected to be wrapped up during the XI Plan period.
In respect of ‘Poultry Estates’ component, it is proposed to encourage taking up poultry farming in a clustered way scientifically on pilot basis and presently only two such estates will be set up.
The CCEA also approved the proposal for strengthening of Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IAR I) comprising of sub-schemes viz., National Centre for Integrated Pest Management (NCIPM), National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology (NRCPB), Directorate of Maize Research (DMR), All India Coordinated Research Project (Maize), All India network Project (Pesticide Residues), All India Coordinated Research Project (Nematodes), All India coordinated Research Project (Floricultural) (Upgraded as Directorate of Floricultural Research), Network Project on Transgenics in crop, Network Project on Insect Biosystematics.