Status of broiler farming in Kashmir valley
M .T BANDAY**, G.S ANAND*, AND Z .A PAMPORI**
*Department of Animal Husbandry, Srinagar,
**Faculty of Veterinary Sciences & Animal Husbandry
S.K University of Agricultural Sciences & Technology of Kashmir
A study was undertaken to access the present status of broiler farming in Kashmir Valley with special emphasis on the infrastructure, educational status and sex of farmers, source of inputs allied assets like housing systems, health care and marketing etc. Data were collected from one hundred organized broiler farms scattered all over the Valley. About 92 %broiler farmers started their farms with their own investment and rest depended upon the banker/ financing institutions. Men owned ninety-two broiler farms and rest were owned by women .The age of the owners was more than 25 years. About 78% farm owners possessed high school degree, 12% owners were graduates and 10% were illiterates. Most of the farmers were unemployed. Pucca poultry houses were less numerous compared to the Kutcha house. More than 90% farmers procure the chicks outside the Kashmir valley through chick suppliers. Similarly 95%of poultry farmers procured feed from compound feed manufacturers from retail shopkeepers. Fortnight replacement of broilers was more common followed by monthly and weekly replacement. Approximately 50%of farmers depend upon local Veterinarians for health care of their flocks. About 90% poultry farmers market their products through middlemen or wholesalers and rest of them marketed their products themselves.