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1,100 live chicks distributed to poultry farmers

1,100 live chicks distributed to poultry farmers

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Poultry farmers who were affected by the December 2013 flash floods have received assistance to restore production on their farms.{{more}}

The assistance has come through the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) sponsored relief project dubbed “Emergency assistance for the recovery of vulnerable farmers affected by the December 2013 rains and winds.”

A release from the Ministry of Agriculture said the project targets all small-scale farmers who “have no apparent means or capacity to restore production on their farms.”

It is sponsored to the tune of US$320,000.

On Tuesday, April 15, 16 poultry farmers were presented with batches of broiler chicks from the Ministry of Agriculture through the Animal Health and Production Division (AHPD).

Dr Kathian Hackshaw, chief veterinary officer, said the recipients were presented with a total of 1,100 live chicks and 57 sacks of broiler starter feeds to commence the production cycle. She also stated that during the six to seven week production cycle, the farmers will be assisted with broiler grower and finisher, until the birds are ready for the market. Additionally, these farmers will be monitored and provided with the necessary technical assistance from the AHPD to ensure the process is successful.

According to the project document, the livestock sector sustained damage up to $700,000, affecting close to 2,000 farm units. The project outlines that the major emphasis in the livestock sector will be: the replacement of pedigree stock for sheep, goats, cattle, pigs and poultry; the provision of feed and medication; provision of materials to replace damaged farm houses and the restoration of the sole poultry hatchery unit at Dumbarton Agricltural Station.

The majority of poultry farmers affected were on the leeward and windward sides of the island.

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