GUWAHATI, Oct 19 - �The poultry industry has not only provided the much-needed animal protein to our countrymen, but also generated extensive livelihood opportunities for our educated unemployed youths,� said Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi in the closing function of Poultry Expo-2019 on the College of Veterinary Science playground at Khanapara today.
Poultry Expo-2019 which had started on October 17, was organised by the Directorate of Research (Veterinary), Assam Agricultural University in collaboration with the All Assam Poultry Farmers and Traders Association.
Speaking at the valedictory function, the Governor expressed his happiness that the poultry industry in the State is doing well which has given vocation to several enterprising youths. He also said he was equally happy to note that both broiler and layer enterprises have been set up by educated unemployed youths with self-financing mode and also with financial support from government and other financial institutes. Such commercial ventures of broiler and layer farms will not only create new opportunities for the youths, but will certainly reverse the process of migration of people to urban areas in search of livelihood. The clarion call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to double farmers� income by 2022 would see the light of day only when all components of agriculture are developed equally, he said.
Prof Mukhi further said that while developing commercial broiler and layer farms, one should not get carried away and forget to preserve and develop their own gene pools. The North East is considered as one of the original areas in Asia for development of modern poultry from the red jungle fowl, which is still found in the forests of this region. Scientific efforts must be made to conserve and propagate these breeds of poultry, he said.
The Governor also pointed out that the greatest shortcoming for poultry farming in this region, especially Assam, is the climate. As the region has a hot humid climate, the birds are prone to bacterial, viral and parasitic diseases. The Directorate of Research (Veterinary) should come up with an efficient support system to tackle these problems in the form of better veterinary health coverage, he said.
The closing ceremony was attended by AAU Vice Chancellor Dr Ashok Bhattacharya; former VC of AAU Dr KM Bujarbaruah; chairman Poultry Expo-2019 Dr N Kalita and a host of other dignitaries and farmers associated with poultry rearing and trade.