Backyard Poultry Farming of Vanaraja Breed: A Less Capital Enterprise
The population of Lower Dibang Valley District, Arunachal Pradesh is predominantly tribal in nature. Due to their non-vegetarian dietary pattern there is a good demand for meat and egg in the region. But the production in the region is poor due to traditional method of rearing livestock. Based on need of the region, high production potential poultry bird (Vanaraja breed) has been introduced and popularized as a source of sustainable livelihood for rural resource poor farm women.
Capacity Building Programmes
According to a participatory rural appraisal based study conducted in selected villages of the district, there is a wide gap between production and demand for poultry meat and egg. Twenty farmers from 10 villages of the district were selected and imparted skill based training on various aspects of backyard poultry farming.
Critical Input supply
Participants enriched with sound knowledge were distributed with 10 fertile eggs of Vanaraja per person free of cost under on-farm testing mandate of KVK, Lower Dibang Valley. Fertile eggs for distribution among farming community were procured from Poultry Division (AICRP), Veterinary College, Khanapara, Assam Agriculture University, Guwahati.