NALBARI, Sept 25 - The farming of quails is getting very popular in Nalbari district. �Quail farming� means raising quails commercially (like other poultry birds) for the purpose of profitable eggs and meat production. Quail farming can also play a vital role to meet up the demand of food and nutrition.
In order to popularise quail farming in Nalbari and other neighbouring districts, the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nalbari has taken special initiatives. For that purpose, seed birds were brought to KVK, Nalbari in 2016. Those quails were bred in confinement and eggs were hatched artificially in incubators at the KVK lab.
Subsequently, the quail chicks at growing stage were distributed among the interested and progressive farmers of Nalbari and neighbouring districts under the supervision of Dr Arfan Ali, Animal Science specialist in that year. Two veterinary doctors Dr Ambika Deka and Dr S Sarma also played a role in providing adequate training on quail farming to farmers in Nalbari district.
Pranjal Kumar Sarma from Rural Self Employment Training Institute (RSETI) took a keen interest in popularisation the quail farmers among the trainees. The nutrient values and health benefits of quail eggs and meat also attracted the farmers to quail farming.
The market demand also makes quail farming a popular entrepreneurial commodity and an alternative way of self-employment for rural youths in the district.
A workshop on quail farming was organised by the Asom Krishak Gosthi of Dalua near Ghograpar in Nalbari district on September 22, at the poultry centre of Jajiabari. The daylong workshop discussed different aspects of quail farming, health benefits of quail eggs and meat, development of hatchery, etc.
Dr Mridul Deka, a senior scientist from KVK, Dr Arfan Ali from KVK, Nalbari, M Chakravorty and Dr Pranjal Sarmah from RSETI called upon the young generation to start quail farming at their houses. The workshop was conducted by Bhagawan Sarma, former lead district manager, Nalbari.
Altogether 50 farmers took part in the workshop. A mini hatchery was also inaugurated by Dr Mridul Deka, head of KVK Nalbari in the workshop.