Nest Egg From Poultry Plans

BHUBANESWAR - First the focus was on mineral industries, power and IT, but now the state is zeroing on poultry as a vital sector for employment and income for unemployed youth and rural poor.
calendar icon 22 May 2007
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Orissa is one of the few states where poultry is treated on a par with agriculture, helping it to receive various incentives. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who undertook a review of various schemes under poultry sector today at the state secretariat, laid stress on promotion of the sector since it has huge employment potential. “Value added tax (VAT) charged on maize and broken rice used for preparation of poultry feed would be reimbursed by the finance department. Similarly, the cooperation department has been asked to waive a per cent of the market tax levied on eggs, chicks and birds, brought to the regulated market committee yards,” said the Orissa veterinary director, Bishnupada Sethi, while talking to The Telegraph today.

Insurance premium for each poultry farm has, in the meanwhile, been revised from Rs 4 per layer bird to a meagre 30 paisa, the veterinary director added. Also, the Orissa electricity regulatory commission has been asked to reduce the tariff for poultry. Other topics highlighted in today’s meeting included a launch of an investment promotion campaign to woo in investors from both inside and outside the state, and establishment and running of hatcheries on a public-private participation mode.

Poultry farmers have been demanding the exclusion of the sector from the purview of Industrial Dispute Act, since, they argue that any labour strike would affect them adversely.

Source: TheTelegraph

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