As the concept of backyard poultry farming has lost its sheen in Kashmir, the authorities are introducing "new varieties" for its revival.
Associate Director Research, SKUAST, Dr Azmat Alam told Rising Kashmir that they are reviving the concept of backyard poultry in Kashmir through the introduction of new varieties.
Alam said that with the initiative of the introduction of new varieties, "people are slowly moving back towards backyard poultry."
“The focus of the University has been mostly on introducing new varieties in Kashmir which include Vanraja, Kroiler and Keystone brown,” he said.
Dr Alam said, people are getting fresh products through backyard poultry and don't need market products.
Senior research fellow, SKUAST, Zulfiqar Haq said Vanraja is getting quite popular these days, "and is replacing the indigenous breed Kashmiri fabrolla as it is a more improved breed."
“Vanraja is laying 180 eggs per year and keystone brown lays 220 eggs per year. It is far better than indigenous breed which lays 80 eggs per year," he said.
"People are also moving towards backyard poultry because of many rumours like antibiotic residue in chickens and fake eggs in the market," Haq said.
According to Haq, the breed feeds on kitchen wastes and needs no special feed.
However, the experts said that the poultry sector of Kashmir still isn’t self-sufficient owing to different reasons which include lack of electricity, climatic conditions and expensive feed.
According to Dr Alam, the broiler stock isn’t up to the mark in Kashmir yet,but people are now setting up farms, broiler estates and slowly it will be covered up.
“Our hatcheries are not operational and breeding stock isn’t that much. We have to get the feed from outside as we don’t have any manufacturing facilities over here," he said.
He further said that light is a must for the hatcheries and if a generator is used it gets quite costly for the university.