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Poultry farmers given assistance to increase chicken production

Specialists in poultry science Dr. John C.G. Lee, Prof. M. Nadeem Fairoz, Dr. Roel Mulder and Veterinary Research Director Dr. Susil Silva at the forum.Picture by Saliya Rupasinghe


Rural Economy Development Minister P. Harrison highlighted the importance of increasing chicken production and assured assistance will be provided to over 800,000 local poultry farmers to increase the expected target.

Harrison made these remarks at a well attended forum, represented by local and foreign experts on ‘Poultry Science'.

The forum was conducted under the theme ‘ Sustainable Poultry- Current and future challenges’ by Sri Lanka Branch of the World's Poultry Science Association.

The forum was held to educate Sri Lankan poultry industrialists on latest technologies that are used in chicken production worldwide.

Over 20 chicken producers and industrialists who are engaged in the industry including Bairaha Farms, Nelna Chicken,St.Anthony's farms received trophies and certificates for the contribution they made over the years to develop the industry.

The Minister said the country has all resources to produce its chicken requirement and steps could be taken even to stop chicken imports.

The Minister said the Government always focuses attention towards fulfilling the needs of poultry farmers by bringing down the production cost of chicken and eggs, price increase of poultry foods and also to increase the chicks production in our country.

He said the Government has also taken steps to stop spreading diseases of birds generally faced by poultry farmers. “Even recently my Ministry officials were able to stop importing 13,000 chicks into the country, on the grounds that they were down with ‘Bird flu’,”.

Agricultural Counsellor Wouter Verhey commended the steps taken by Sri Lankan poultry industrialists to develop the industry and his country always ready to help Sri Lankan poultry farmers to uplift the industry.

He said training centres to educate Lankan poultry farmers on ‘Sustainable Poultry Farming Methods’ will be set up in the country instead of Sri Lankan poultry industrialists going to Holland to study such latest methods.

Association General Secretary Dr. Godwin said the objective of holding the forum was to educate local poultry industrialists in poultry science.

She said the Association also conduct technical sessions to educate farmers, the members and poultry industrialists on issues and challenges for the waste management in poultry in order to develop the industry. 



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