Government has introduced Backyard poultry initiative for providing 5 million chickens at the subsidized rates.
In line with the PM Khan’s initiative announcement for providing chickens to the people of the rural areas for boosting the local poultry industry and to combat poverty, the federal minister for National Food Security and Research—Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan inaugurated on Monday a project titled—Backyard Poultry Initiative at the Poultry Research Institute Rawalpindi.
The project is introduced for providing 5 million pre-vaccinated high-laying chicken throughout the nation, which includes Islamabad, Gilgit Baltistan, and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The total cost of the project has been approximated at Rs.635.471 million, of which 30 percent would be borne by the federal and provincial governments whereas 70 percent by the beneficiaries of the project.
The federal minister said that this program is one measure of the government for providing animal protein and other food nutrients to the malnourished population.
He added that providing cheap poultry products is a good initiative for addressing the malnutrition issue.
The minister said that he is very happy to inaugurate the Backyard Poultry Project. Under the project, 5 million vaccinated chickens would be distributed at the subsidized rates among all and varied.
As per the National Nutrition Survey 2018-19, 40 percent of the children who are under 5 years of age in Pakistan have various physical and mental health problems. The minister also mentioned that a survey was done by the UNICEF Pakistan and this menace was ranked 3rd.