KP govt to reopen 1,800 closed poultry farms

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The Livestock Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has taken the decision for the reopening and rehabilitation of 1800 poultry farms, which were closed because of the unstable rates of chicken meat across the province.

In collaboration with the private sector, the Livestock Department would work to rehabilitate and reopen 1700 open-shed and 65 other poultry farms in the province.

While talking to the media, Director General Livestock (Extension), Dr. Alamzaib said that there were 1800 inoperative poultry farms in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province that were a source of financial burden not only on farmers but also on local people.

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To satisfy the chicken meat requisite across the province, Dr. Alamzaib said chickens were being obtained from Punjab by giving extra money because of its conveyance and other charges.

He further said that the provincial government has decided in priority to recover and resume the seized poultry farms. To make this decision fruitful, the holders of these farms would be taken into confidence.

 Dr. Alamzaib informed that a project worth Rs 1 billion has also been accepted in this respect.

Briefing about the project, which would span over three years, DG Livestock stated that support would be provided to the owners of 250 poultry sheds, with a capacity of raising 2000 to 5000 chickens. These farms would be recorded with the Livestock Department, he added.

Moreover, KP Government has also initiated Rs 1 billion project in the developed regions of the province to strengthen livestock and dairy farming analyzing its substantial role in poverty relief and generation of employment opportunities, especially in rural areas.

The Community and Dairy Development Project vision the establishment of 107 livestock and dairy farms in settled regions where livestock farmers would be given cows of quality breeds on a 50:50 cost sharing basis.

Besides, the KP government is also looking forward to establishing a Veterinary University meant to deliver quality higher education to students of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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