The State government planned to establish 100 poultry farms in the district during the current fiscal, for which each beneficiary would be given subsidy of 50 per cent, Collector M. Karunakaran said.
In a statement, Dr. Karunakaran said the government, with the objective of encouraging poultry industry in districts where this venture was yet to take off in a big way, included Tirunelveli district as a ‘poultry zone’. Under this scheme, the aspirants will get 25 per cent subsidy for erecting the shed and procuring the equipment required for setting up the poultry farm.
In addition to this, the NABARD will give another 25 per cent subsidy from its ‘Broiler Venture Investment Capital’ and hence the investor will have to spend only 50 per cent of the total project cost. If the entrepreneur is not in a position to invest his share, he can approach the banks for loan.
Farmers, individuals and self-help groups may avail this assistance for establishing their own poultry farm. Besides the new aspirants, those who are already in this profession may get the assistance for expanding their venture. However, those who had already availed this subsidized loan cannot apply again.
Applicants who are jointly approved by the chick suppliers and the banks alone will be eligible to get the loan. Applications for getting the subsidy are available with the revenue divisional offices.
Filled-in applications should be submitted before June 30 in the assistant director’s office along with the recommendation of the veterinarian in the nearby veterinary clinic, who will forward the application to the banks.
On getting the bank’s ‘in principle approval’ for releasing the loan, the applicant should get the consent of the chick supplier also before sending it to the Collector for the ultimate approval for release of the grant, Dr. Karunakaran said.
Interested persons may contact the Assistant Directors of Animal Husbandry, Tirunelveli (0462 – 2321454), Ambasamudram (04634 – 260070), Tenkasi (04633 – 227744).
Source : The Hindu