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Citizens to receive 500,000 hens under ‘Murghi Paal’ scheme

Murghi Paal

The ‘Murghi Paal’ scheme has been initiated across Punjab under which free eggs and poultry meat will be provided to the public. 

On Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ‘Murghi Paal’ scheme initiated across the province to provide free eggs and poultry meat to the public. At least 500,000 chickens will be distributed by the end of 2021, under the scheme.

Moreover, 400 flock of chickens (one flock consists of five hens and a rooster) will be distributed among public on August 12 and 13 at the Poultry Research Institute, Murree Road. 

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The 400 flock of poultry will be given to people at a subsidy rate of only Rs1,050 while the actual price is Rs1,500. Additional chicken flocks will be distributed every month till February 2022. Around 6,000 applications have been submitted for 500 flocks of chicken. Therefore, a computerized ballot will be held to decide the recipients of Murghi Paal scheme. 

In 2020, due to the high spread of the coronavirus pandemic, 324,000 chickens were distributed to 50,000 families. This year flocks will be distributed among 72,000 families. 

According to the Assistant Director and Project Supervisor Dr Athar Mehmood, told the media “All chickens that are to be distributed in Punjab are raised at our poultry farm. He said that there are 10 major government poultry farms in Punjab, including Rawalpindi, Attock, Dina, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Gujrat, Mianwali and Dera Ghazi Khan. The layer hens here lay 240 million eggs annually.” 

Dr Mehmood also said, the birds that will be distributed don’t need a special diet rather they can be raised on home kitchen waste, vegetables, bread crumbs, rice leftovers, fruit peels, etc. He added that free medicine and informational literature about raising the chicken will also be distributed to families besides free training. 

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