Mumbai, Apr 5 (UNI) The Maharashtra government will provide financial assistance of Rs 80 crore to the poultry farmers whose broilers and eggs were not sold in rest of the state after bird flu broke out in Nawapur and Jalgaon area since February 18.
The announcement to this effect was made by Animal Husbandry Minister Anees Ahmed in the Upper House today while reading out the decision taken in this regard in the cabinet meeting.
Reading out a suo moto statement, Mr Ahmed said the poultry farmers would be given Rs 20 per broiler and free cold storage will be made available for one month for storing eggs in Sangli, Pune, Ratnagiri, Washim, Akola, Parbhani, Jalgaon, Dhule, Nasik, Nagpur, Kolhapur and Aurangabad.
The cabinet also decided to make available food from Food Corporation of India, which is not good for human consumption, which will be used as chicken feed for poultry farmers. He said a request would be made to the Centre to give the same at reduced rates.
He said the government hospitals, hostels and others would be asked to purchase nearly 50 lakh eggs.
Mr Ahmed also said the chicken feed and, medicines were destroyed in Nawapur and Jalgaon area using the scintific method and added the government would consider of giving poultry farmers financial assistance and a proposal regarding this would be tabled before the cabinet.
Over four lakh birds were culled after the outbreak of bird flu in Nawapur followed by Jalgaon. The bird flu fear adversly affected the 38,000 crore poultry business and the prices of chicken and eggs came down drastically.
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