JORHAT, June 10: Jorhat district administration in a bid to create self-employment among unemployed youth has decided to revive the government poultry farm located at the Bagchung block, about 11 km off the town to the south.
In this regard, deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman has assured funds to the veterinary department to make the farm functional and impart training on poultry farming to the unemployed youth of the locality.
Barman who inspected the farm said on Thursday that there was an incubator for 12,000 hatchlings which was still in working condition, a chick feed mill which had become dysfunctional due to disuse and the hen coops were in a state of disrepair.
Barman said that during the pandemic times when the economy has been badly thrashed, unemployed youths could find some form of self-employment and become independent if they opened a poultry farm for which training would be given to them.
A veterinary official Bhupen Das said that the poultry farm had become defunct in 2015.
“We have skilled manpower to operate the machinery which can be repaired or upgraded. The incubator is still working and it will be good if the farm is revived,” he said.
Das said that it would boost the rural economy if the youth take to backyard farming where a few households can supply the needs of eggs and meat for the entire village.
The farm at Bagchung, had been revived in August 2011 with 500 two-three day old Kalinga Brown stock of chicks brought from Central Poultry Development Organisation in Bhubaneswar, Odisha for raising in a newly built enclosure.
It had been a thriving farm for layer birds in the seventies and eighties which went to seed due to non-repairment of buildings and was ultimately closed in 1995.