11th February 2018
Kudumbashree Chicken Scheme has been started in Palakkad District. The district level implementation is inuagurated by Palakkad MP M.B.Rajesh by distributing the fund , one Lakh rupees to the self-help units which are already started on 11th February 2018. Palakkad District was the second in state where the mission will be setting up the hatcheries. The Scheme is being implemented jointly with the co-operation of the Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation and Animal Husbandry Department. In the next financial year ,total 50 units will be commissioned.
The all-women Kudumbashree birgade will be foraying into poultry rearing titled 'Kudumbashree Chicken' and 13 units has been commissioned in ten Panchayts of District in first phase. Each unit will have 1000 birds. The 13 units will thus have a total of 13,000 birds. There will be an additional 27 self-help groups by the end of the finacial year.The sheds have been completed. The three-day-old chicks will be sourced from three agencies by the Kudumbashree units. The first option was to source it from the Kerala State Poultry Development Corporation which has a tie-up with Venkateswara Hatcheries.The second option was to purchase chicks from empanelled agensies. Finally ,the units have also the freedom to purchase chicks from local hatcheries at competitave rates.District Kudumbashree Mission will monitor the purchase and rearing of chicks. The consumer and and the Kudumbashree units should benefit by way of price and returns.
District Kudumbashree Mission planned to form a collective of such individual units and source the feeds and medicines on a wholesale basis. Such purchases will help the Kudumbashree units get inputs at a discounted price. From the next financial year , Kudumbashree has proposed to constitute four-member joint liability self-help groups . Each member will be allotted 250 birds and the group collectively will rear 1000 birds. After 45 days bird will sold to select private retail meat outlets who have agreed to purchase them.
The Kudumbashree already conducted a market study and has come to the conclusion the women self-helps could reap reasonable returns from the venture. In the first phase 13 units will be set up in Kumaramputhur, Ayilur, Lakkidi Perur, Ananganadi, Mathur, Kuthanur, Kavassery,Kongad, Cherppulassy and Vandazhi panchayats. The Kudumbashree Mission will provide finacial assistance of 1 lakh rupees for each of the 13 units. The units will be given to those women groups who have 60 cents of their own.