Covid Pandemic: Fall In Demand Impacts Over 10,000 Poultry Farmers In Odisha

Bhubaneswar: Around 10,541 poultry farmers were affected due to a fall in market demand during the Covid pandemic peak.

Replying to a question by Congress MLA from Barabati-Cuttack Mohammed Moquim in the Odisha Assembly today, Fisheries and Animal Resources Development Minister Arun Kumar Sahoo informed that nearly 10,398 broiler chicken farmers and 143 layer chicken farmers were affected due to a fall in market demand for poultry products during Corona pandemic.

The Minister said that while there was a daily requirement of chicken meat to the tune of about 400-450 tonnes in the State before the Corona pandemic, production was about 400 tonnes.

During the Covid pandemic, the daily demand for chicken meat came down to about 200-240 tonnes, the Minister added.

Similarly, before the Covid pandemic the daily requirement of eggs was 86 lakhs, it fell to 60-65 lakh during the Covid pandemic, the Minister informed.

Sahoo told the House that several measures have been taken to provide assistance to poultry farmers during Covid pandemic.

As many as 9600 members of the women self-help groups (WSHGs) will be provided with 50 low-cost 28-day-old chicks for rearing under it each farmer will get Rs 3750, he added.

The Minister stated that 1002 WSHGs each are being provided with 200 numbers of 28-day-old layer chicks of Kalinga Brown, RIR, etc varieties. Each project is valued at Rs 2 lakh out of which Rs 1 lakh is the subsidy.