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Turkey rearing project for 100 SHGs in Theni dt.

By Our Staff reporter

THENI, MAY 28 . The Theni Collector, Atul Anand, today said 100 self-help groups — 20 self groups from each taluk — in the district would be selected for the scientific turkey rearing project funded by the State Government and the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Science University, as part of the rural economy development.

Launching the project, he said the project had been drawn up at an estimated cost of Rs.13 lakhs. The selected groups would be trained in scientific turkey rearing for three days with a daily stipend of Rs.32 per head. After training, each group would be supplied 50 turkeys of eight-week age. Besides, 250 kg of feed would also given. The cost of young turkeys and feed supply to each group had been estimated at around Rs.11,000 with 45 per cent subsidy. Equipment worth Rs.1,875 would also be supplied free of cost. The Farmers Training Centre, in association with the Department of Animal Husbandry, would take health coverage for turkeys.

Mr. Atul Anand suggested that surplus male turkeys be sold at 16-week age when they attained 4 kg weight. Female turkeys could be sold for table purpose after two years of harvesting approximately 160 eggs from each bird. With high-resistant power, turkey could survive in all climatic conditions. He appealed to members of SHGs to utilise this opportunity.

With an excellent repayment record, the savings of 3,000 self-help groups had touched Rs.6.5 crores in the previous year and the number of groups had gone up to 4,300 and the savings crossed Rs.8 crores during this year. He also advised SHGs to utilise shops constructed by the District Rural Development Agency for sale of their produce.

The Joint director of Animal Husbandry, Swathanthramani, appealed to SHGs to utilise the opportunity for sustainable income generation.

Later, the Collector received a hand-guide on development of turkey, released by Mr Swathanthramani.

The Joint Registrar of Cooperatives, N. Vilvasekaran, and the head of the Farmers Training Centre S. Murugesan also spoke.

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