ROQUE DIAS | NT
Goa consumes roughly 1.5 lakh broiler chickens every week, although the local supply is just one-third of the demand, indicating the need for strong coordinated efforts to make Goa self-reliant in the poultry farming.
The demand-supply mismatch has been attributed to the influx of tourists into the state, who push up the demand for chicken dishes in hotels, restaurants and food joints along the roadsides.
The 19th live stock census 2012 jointly conducted by the departments of animal husbandry and agriculture says the per capita poultry consumption in Goa is estimated to be 80 eggs and three kilo of meat as against the national average of 55 eggs and 2.2 kilos of meat.
The census findings also say that 2,92,028 poultry birds are farmed annually, which include backyard poultry, ducks, turkeys, chickens etc. Of which, 1,04, 969 poultry birds are reared in South Goa.
A report of the two departments points out that Goa requires around 6087 metric tonne of poultry every year, while the local poultry production is just 1050 metric tonne.
The finding indicates that around 5000 metric tonne of poultry are brought into Goa from various states to meet the rising demand.
The scenario vis-à-vis egg supply-demand mismatch is also similar. Government reports of 2016 say the supply of the eggs is only 352 lakh per year. However, the demand has been huge – 1623 lakh of eggs every year.
‘The Navhind Times’ has gathered that the cost of
production has been the main reason for the neglect towards the
A reliable source maintains that the production cost is 100 times higher in Goa as compared to neighbouring states like Maharashtra and Karnataka.
However, director of animal husbandry and veterinary services Santosh Desai says the department has pulled out all the stops in the form of attractive schemes, subsidy on feeds and infrastructure to push up the production.
“There are schemes on poultry farming and infrastructure creation… We have already started receiving applications for the schemes and even sanctioned a couple of applications. All these efforts are aimed at making Goa a self-sufficient in poultry production,” says Desai.
Senior officials from the departments of agriculture and animal husbandry stress on improving the poultry farming by encouraging people to take it up.
The local supply of eggs has been minimal and has not
crossed 100 lakh annually. Hence the
government must incentivise the neglected business, the officials stress.
“The animal husbandry and agriculture departments must jointly conduct awareness programmes to encourage people to take up the poultry business,” feels J C Fernandes, a poultry businessman in Salcete.