Gangtok: September 12:
One day long training program on ‘Modern poultry (Broiler) Management’ was organized at the College of Agricultural Engineering and Post Harvest Technology (CAEPHT), Central Agricultural University (CAU), Ranipool.
The programme was inaugurated by Dean of the college Dr. P K Srivastava. Dr. Srivastava highlighted the benefits from improved poultry keeping as main, subsidiary enterprises. He also focused on the integrated farming approach incorporating fish, rabbit and poultry system for higher profitability. Eleven participants from East and South districts of Sikkim participated in the program.
The objective of the training was to make aware the participants on improved poultry houses with gadgets, improved poultry feeds and management of feeding as per the age of the birds, common poultry diseases and health care measures to be taken up including vaccination, sanitation and hygiene, improved poultry up keeping practices and cost economics.
The resource persons from the college for the training program were Dr. BK Mehta and Dr. AB Sherpa. They attended to the querries of the participants and demonstrated the improved poultry keeping practices being undertaken in the college poultry unit. During the program it was emphasized that improved poultry management may be taken up by using the locally available materials. The utilization of poultry by products was highlighted to be an effective input to integrated organic farming as well.
Scientist (VPH) from ICAR research complex for NEH region, Sikkim centre, Tadong Dr. L Chatlod discussed the important diseases of poultry (Broiler) in Sikkim and their control measures. The participant visited the ICAR research complex for the NEH region; Sikkim Centre Tadong for more exposure on the subject of improved poultry feed management Dr. Sarou Toppo, Scientist (animal nutrition) addressed the participants and displayed, demonstrated the improved poultry feeds and practices in the poultry unit of the centre.
In the concluding session the feedback of the participants showed the knowledge gained by them and the participants further expressed their willingness to practice in the poultry farming in an integrated manner for higher profitability. The one-day programme was concluded by vote of thanks proposed by Assistant Extension Officer of the college Dr. Tapan K Khura.
Furthermore it is learnt that many such programmes are scheduled to be organized in future by the college for the interested poultry farmers of Sikkim considering it as profitable entrepreneurship venture especially when taken up in an integrated approach.