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23 November 2015

Poultry sector needs skilled technicians to work as farm supervisors

Quodsi everti ancillae vim qui lorem persius petentium Poultry sector needs skilled technicians to work as farm supervisors

New Delhi, Nov 23 (ENA)  Highlighting the huge skill gap in the poultry industry, a research paper has pointed out that the sector alone needed 708 and 1140 veterinary graduates in 2015 and 2030 respectively, on the assumption that the minimum expected growth rate in the sector was 10 per cent per annum.

Speaking at the Annual Conference of the Indian Poultry Science Association and National Symposium at College of Avian Sciences and Management of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Thiruvazhamkunnu in Kerala recently, Associate Professor, School of Extension and Development Studies, Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, P V K Sasidhar said that there is an immense shortage of skilled manpower in the livestock and poultry sector, barely commensurate with the needs of the sector, according to a report by The Hindu.

During the event, Sasidhar presented a paper titled ‘Clean and Green Poultry production.'  He said the need for starting polytechnic colleges to cater to the technical manpower needs of the poultry sector at the lower level was vital.

As per the media report, currently, as per statistics, there are about 2,530 million chickens.  Veterinary graduates constitute major technical manpower to manage middle level technical and administrative positions in the poultry sector.  At the rate of one veterinarian / million birds, about 2,530 veterinarians are required for the poultry industry alone in India.  It was estimated that about 2,050 veterinarians are working in the private poultry sector.

The report went on to say that almost 43,000 veterinarians are employed in government and public sector undertakings. Out of them at least 10 per cent are working in poultry related fields.  Therefore, the total numbers of veterinarians working in private and public poultry sectors are approximately 6,350 on full time basis.   Further, 200 veterinarians are joining the poultry sector every year.

It has been estimated that during the next decade as compared with the poultry production sector, the equipment, poultry pharmaceutical industries, poultry processing industries, egg powder plants, value addition, packaging, marketing and exports are likely to increase substantially, which would require a substantially higher number of poultry veterinarians for quality control, certification etc.

Further, the poultry sector needs technical, diploma and certificate holders to work as farm supervisors, hatchery and feed mill operators, processors, chick sexers, artificial inseminators, vaccinators, debeakers and the like.

In order to fill the skill gap, the Directorate of Entrepreneurship of KVASU (Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University) will formulate skill development programmes in association with Agriculture sector skill council of India, said Director of Entrepreneurship, KVASU Dr T P Sethumadhavan.  (ENA Bureau)

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