Poultry Breeders Associations seeks extension of Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund Scheme by two years

The Pan India Broiler Coordination Committee (PIBCC) along with Karnataka Poultry Farmers and Breeders Association (KPFBA), Poultry Farmers & Breeders Association of Maharashtra (PFBA-MH), Telangana Poultry Breeders Association (TPBA), West Bengal Poultry Federation (WBPF), Central India Vencobb Broiler Breeder Hatcheries Association (CIVBBHA) and Broiler Coordination Committee, Tamil Nadu (BCC-TN), has written a letter to the Secretary, Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India, Dr. Rajesh Kumar Singh, seeking an extension of the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development Fund Scheme by another two years.

PIBCC Convenor, Mr. Vasanth Kumar Shetty, said that ‘this scheme will be a boon to the poultry farmers if it is extended further and will definitely boost the Poultry Production in India. Because of Covid the poultry sector was trying to combat problems for the production of chicken supply & consumption issues in the last 2-3 years. Poultry farmers could not get the advantage of the schemes’
The KPFBA President, Dr. B.Sushanth Rai.B said that the Scheme launched as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan stimulus package has been highly beneficial to farmers by providing incentives for investments in animal husbandry infrastructure, including feed mills, hatcheries, and processing plants. The three percent interest subsidy offered through the scheme has been a significant boost for the farmers. Dr. Sushanth Rai said that the extension of the scheme, which ended on March 31, 2023, would help many more farmers to benefit from establishing infrastructure projects. This initiative, he added, would also help meet the growing demand for quality animal proteins, which is essential for both farmers and consumers.

The chairman of the BCC-TN, Mr. R. Lakshmanan said that ‘by extending the scheme, the government would be helping entrepreneurs to establish infrastructure projects which would generate employment, besides adding to economic growth.’ Further, he requested the government to ‘help the rural economies & employments of women in rural areas through this scheme’.
President of PFBA-MH, Mr. Sanjay Nalgirkar, expressing his concern, stated that ‘the poultry industry has suffered significant losses in the last two years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, there has been a lack of expansion in this sector during this period’. Additionally, Mr. Nalgilkar noted that ‘the government has provided subsidies to support the poultry industry, but unfortunately, no one has availed of them. Therefore, he urged the government to extend this scheme for at least another year to encourage more individuals and businesses to take advantage of this subsidy program.’

Mr. Sanjay Bramhankar, President of CIVBBHA Suggested that ‘Coming is the Era for varied overseas opportunities for India for right from IT to Agri sector. As per major exporters in the world, our Chicken and Egg cost are comparatively very low. With such global dimensions, we will also grab huge export orders in the future. And this is the right time Poultry needs Infrastructural support.’
Dr. G. Ranjith Reddy, President of TPBA requested the Government informed, ‘We seek the extension of the Animal Husbandry Infrastructure Development fund facility to extend at least by two years for the overall interest of poultry Business in the country with the help of the subsidy.’ For more details, contact write to president@poultrykarnataka.net