‘Advanced Rural Poultry Production’ training at ICAR-CIARI

Port Blair
12 Mar 2018

A 6-day hands-on training programme on Advanced Rural Poultry Production was conducted by Division of Animal Science, ICAR-CIARI, Port blair from  March 5 to 10.  A total of 54 farmers including 44 female and 10 tribal farmers participants of South Andaman and Little Andaman underwent this training which was funded by and collaborated with Central Poultry Development Organisation, Bengaluru. Dr. A. Kundu, Director, ICAR-CIARI was the Chairman;  Dr. T. Sujatha was Course Director and Dr. Jai Sunder was co-ordinator. Dr. Debasis Bhattacharya,  Dr. M. S. Kundu, , Dr. A. K. Dey, Dr. Perumal P. and Dr. K. Muniswamy were Course Coordinators. It was facilitated by Dr. Nagesh Ram, Dr. N. C. Choudhuri and Dr. Zacharia George of KVK, ICAR-CIARI, South Andaman. The training was both interactive and participatory.
Various aspects of goats and poultry farming such as brooding management, feeding, medication, de-worming and vaccination, hatchery operation, marketing and how to avail loan were taught, demonstrated and participants were given practice on brooding arrangement, vaccination, handling and candling of hatchable eggs. Exposure visit was arranged to poultry farm cum hatchery unit at Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, KVK, Port Blair and farmers’ fields. Dr. Amol Roy, SVO and Dr. Bardhan, SVO (Retired) delivered guest lectures on scientific management of rural poultry. As part of International Women’s day celebrations, farm women were also sensitized on women empowerment on agricultural practices.
As per the result of pre and post evaluation, the knowledge level of participants on goat and poultry farming was increased 2-3 folds and they gave feedback that this type of programme was very much informative and useful to set up their carrier in livestock farming. Dr. A. Kundu appreciated such programmes on rural poultry farming for the farm women. He motivated them on employment generation and entrepreneurship development through small scale of rural poultry farming. He stressed upon Integrated and organic farming system. He recommended Vanaraja birds as suitable birds for alternative poultry farming. Three folders were released on Balanced feeding, mini incubator and Bio security measures for rural poultry. Dr. V. Krishnan, Co-ordinator of CPDO also briefed about the role of CPDO and assured such programmes will be conducted regularly at Port Blair to enhance knowledge on rural poultry. Dr. S. K. Zamir Ahmed, Pr. Scientist (Extension) evaluated the training through the module of pictogram and graded the training programme as highly successful.  The training ended with distribution of certificates and vote of thanks by Dr. T. Sujatha on Saturday.