Hands on training for rural youth at CIARI

Port Blair
18 Nov 2017

A 10-day long hands on training programme on Empowerment of Rural Youth for sustainable livelihood through goat and rural poultry farming was conducted by Division of Animal Science, ICAR-CIARI here recently. Twelve youth including 2 female participants of South Andaman underwent this training.
Dr. A. Kundu was nodal officer of this programme, while Dr. Jai Sunder and Dr.T.Sujatha organised the programme as Course Directors and Dr.Debasis Bhattacharya, Dr. M. S. Kundu, Dr. A. K. Dey, Dr. Perumal P. and Dr. K. Muniswamy as course coordinators. Both interactive and participatory, the course covered various aspects of goat and poultry farming such as kid and brooding management, feeding, medication, de-worming, vaccination, hatchery operation, marketing and how to avail loan. Youths were given practice on brooding arrangement, vaccination, handling and candling of hatchable eggs. The process increased their knowledge 2-3 folds and helped them make a career out of it.
Dr. A. Kundu motivated the youth and stated that employment generation and entrepreneurship development is possible through small scale livestock farming. He stressed upon integrated and organic farming, recommending Vanaraja birds for alternative poultry farming. Dr. Jai Sunder congratulated the participants for showing interest towards livestock farming. Dr. T. Sujatha informed that youths are always welcome for such hands on training programmes. Dr. B. A. Jerard, Head (Horticulture & Forestry), Dr. P. K. Singh, Head i/c (Field Crops Improvement) and Dr. R. Kiruba Sankar, Head i/c (Fisheries) also spoke during the function.  Training completion Certificates were issued to the participants by Dr. Kundu.  The vote of thanks was given by Dr. A. K. De.