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ICAR-IISWC Dehradun Promoting Livelihood Options Through Dual-purpose Poultry Farming in Kalsi Block

13 June 2024, Dehradun: ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil and Water Conservation, Dehradun distributed 1-month-old dual-purpose poultry chicks to farming communities for improved poultry farming today as part of SC-SP programme.

Dr. M. Muruganandam, Head, PME and KM Unit and the Coordinator, SC-SP and TSP programme, stated that the systematic intervention was aimed at providing a sustainable source of income and nutritional support to the weaker sections of the rural communities, especially women, growing children, and aged people. He discussed the Vanaraja breed’s dual-purpose benefits, including providing eggs and meat while meeting family nutritional needs. Dr. Muruganandam urged optimal cage designs, feeding routines, and preventive measures for chicks emphasising the importance of water ad libitum and feeding for optimal growth and feeding of poultry birds.

A new breed of dual-purpose Vanaraja chicks was distributed to 30 families in rural villages of Kolhar, Somaya, Kofti, and Sundaraiya under Khatar Gram Panchayat, Kalsi Block, Dehradun, thereby enhancing livelihood security and income generation. Vanaraja chicks are ideal for backyard poultry farming due to their high resilience and faster growth. 30 families received one-month-old chicks and demonstrations on rearing practices, including cage design, feeding methods, and disease prevention strategies.

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