In a bid to create self employment among unemployed youths, district administration has decided to revive the government poultry farm located at the Bagchung block, about 11 kms from Jorhat town.

In this regard Jorhat DC Ashok Kumar Barman has assured funds to the Veterinary department to make the farm functional and impart training on poultry farming to the unemployed youths of the locality.

DC Barman, who inspected the farm on Thursday said that there was an incubator for 12000 hatchlings which was still in working condition, a chick feed mill which had become dysfunctional due to disuse and the hen coops which were in a state of disrepair.

The DC said that during the pandemic times when the economy had 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 youths take to back yard 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 for raising in a newly built enclosure.

It has been a thriving farm for layer birds in the seventies and eighties which went to seed due to non-repair of buildings and was ultimately closed in 1995.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com