Kerala promotes poultry farming among students

Kerala promotes poultry farming among students

Thiruvananthapuram: Ever given some serious thoughts about the chicken in your sandwich or the roasted chicken curry in your kid’s lunch box? The Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation (Kepco) is urging people to have second thoughts on broiler chicken that has become part of their daily meals.

Forest minister K Raju, who also holds the animal husbandry portfolio, inaugurated the fourth edition of ‘Kunju kayyil kozhi kunju’, which he said, was ‘a far-reaching venture by Kepco to trigger among children an interest in poultry farming and to evolve them into a self-reliant and healthy generation’.

The programme, held at Cotton Hill GHSS here on Tuesday allotted five pullets, 3kg of chicken feed and medicines to around 1,200 school students each. Presiding over the function, MLA V S Sivakumar said it was harrowing to see the young generation consuming hormone-injected broiler chicken brought from neighbouring states and said it is high time Kerala turned self-sufficient in poultry products.

Kepco managing director V Sunil Kumar gave clear instructions to the students on fostering and medicating the 65-days-old pullets. Meanwhile, majority of the students were excited about owning a new pet, and parents, who had accompanied their children, were equally euphoric as they lined up with cartons to collect the pullets.

As per the Kepco figures, around 1,07,556 school students have already benefited from this project so far since its implementation in 2011. An amount of Rs 3 crore has been earmarked this year to cover around 35,000 children studying in 6,7,8 and 9 classes in various government and aided schools across the state.

The event at the Cotton Hill HSS saw the distribution of around 6,000 pullets to 1193 students, who had already registered their names with the school authorities.

Source :- Poultry India

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