‘2019 to be declared yr of poultry farming’
Jankar said that about 50 per cent of eggs consumed in Maharashtra are imported from nearby states, so there is huge scope for poultry farming.
Pune: Minister for Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Development Mahadev Jankar said that the government will declare 2019 as the year of poultry farming, which has great business scope for farmers.
Jankar said that about 50 per cent of eggs consumed in Maharashtra are imported from nearby states, so there is huge scope for poultry farming for farmers in Maharashtra.
“About 1.5 crore eggs are produced in Maharashtra per day, while the state egg consumption has touched three crore per day, which is forcing the government to import eggs from other states to meet Maharashtra’s demand. To manage the demand and supply we have to import eggs daily from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and other states.” added Jankar.
He further stressed on the need to include eggs in different meal schemes of the government. “Eggs are easy to digest and important from nutrition point of view. As other states are including eggs in their meal schemes, Maharashtra too can follow the same,” added Jankar. As Central government has planned to help farmers in doubling their income by 2022, Jankar said poultry farming will certainly help farmers in raising their income and so farmers should adopt it.