|Poultry Development Programmes|
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The Poultry Development Schemes in the state aims at increasing the egg production; and distribution of chicks and good quality poultry meat; imparting training on scientific poultry rearing and management; encouraging unemployed youth and members of weaker sections of society to take up poultry rearing and gain self employment; assisting women to start backyard poultry unit etc. There are seven regional poultry farms, two district poultry farms, one duck farm, one turkey farm, one central hatchery, one quail rearing unit and an intensive poultry development block under the department to carry out the development activities.
Regional poultry farms
1.Regional Poultry farm, Kudappanakkunnu, Thiruvananthapuram
The farm started in the year 1953 and was upgraded as regional poultry farm in 1965 with two poultry units at Kanjiramkulam and Ulloor. These poultry units are not functioning now. Rearing space of the farm is 22010 sq.ft. There are two hatch days for a week, Tuesday and Friday. The main objective of farm is to produce and distribute good quality commercial chicks to egger nursery beneficiaries of Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts. The farm also supplies incubated eggs of different stages to educational & research institutions like Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals and Medical College for study and research purposes. Good quality chicks are supplying to farmers through Veterinary Hospitals. The farm has a hatchery with setter capacity 27,000 eggs and hatcher capacity 13,500 eggs. A feed mixing unit is also functioning here with a production capacity of 2.5 MT/hr.
2.Regional poultry farm, Kureeppuzha, Kollam
This farm was started in the year 1955 as a District Poultry farm and upgraded as regional poultry farm in 1982. The one and only Turkey farm is also functioning here. The farm started with a view to produce good quality turkey, fowl and eggs .The farm imparts training and technical knowledge on scientific rearing of turkey. The farm has a hatchery with a setter capacity of 13500 eggs and a hatcher capacity of 4500 eggs. Rearing space of the farm is 9838 sq.ft.
3.Regional poultry farm, Manarcaud, Kottayam.
This farm was also started as a district poultry farm in 1959 and upgraded as regional poultry Farm in 1982. The farm has a hatchery having setter capacity 27,000 eggs and hatcher capacity 9000 eggs. The main objective of the farm are (1) production of high quality hatchable eggs (2) supply of high yielding variety of chicks and (3) impart training to poultry farmers and other trainees.
4. Regional poultry farm, Koovappady, Ernakulam
This farm started as All India Poultry Development Unit and upgraded as District poultry farm in 1963 and then as regional poultry farm in 1967.
The farm has a hatchery with setter capacity 13500 eggs and hatcher capacity 4500 eggs. The farm is functioning with the production & distribution of good quality commercial layer chicks, day old chicks, hatching eggs and table eggs.
5. Regional poultry farm, Malampuzha, Palakkad
The farm started as district Poultry farm in 1960 was upgraded as the regional poultry farm in 1964. This farm started with a view to distribute good quality birds to the farmers and government institutions of Palakkad, Trissur and Malappuram districts. The farm equipped with a hatchery having setter capacity 13500 eggs and hatcher capacity 4500 eggs.
6. Regional poultry farm, Chathamangalam, Kozhikkode
This farm established in 1962 to rear layer birds. From 1982 onwards the farm is functioning as regional poultry farm. A Rabbit Rearing Unit is also functioning in this farm. The main objectives of the farm are
7. Regional poultry farm, Mundayad, Kannur
Year of commencement of the farm is 1965. It is a major institution in Kannur district, which caters the needs of northern districts viz. Kannur, Kasaragod, Kozhikkode and Wayanad. A piggery unit is also functioning in this farm. The main objectives of the farm are to produce and distribute high yield day old chicks and its hatching eggs and also to produce and distribute high yield piglets at weaning age. This farm also has a hatchery with setter capacity 40500 eggs and hatcher capacity 18000 eggs. A feed mixing unit attached to this farm functioned upto1-2-2003 having a production capacity of 4