31 July 2015, Tsirang: Under the directives of Department of Livestock, the National Poultry Development Centre in close collaboration with Tsirang Dzongkhag has launched turkey farming (backyard level) activity in the Dzongkhag on 31 July, 2015. Before launching turkey farming activities in the Dzongkhag, the farmers were trained on basic skills in general management of turkey birds (feeding, health care and management of the day to day farm operation).
Of the total 64 farmers that took part in training program, 48 farmers turned out to pursue turkey farming and accordingly the farmers were provided with support packages for construction of shed (CGI sheet, cement and feeder and drinkers) for five number of birds/farm. The farmers were then supplied with two male and three female turkey poults, through which the farmers are expected to breed naturally in their farms like the native bird once it starts laying. The main objective of launching turkey farming activities is to provide the farmers an alternative source of income generation and also as source of family nutrition; further to provide self employment and to uplift rural livelihood.
Turkey farming was first introduced in Sarpang Dzongkhag, on 30th September, 2014, with 34 farmers adopting it. As of now, the farmers are doing well with turkey farming activities and have hatched out turkey poults through natural breeding/incubation. Today, there are about 200 turkey poults in the field that are being hatched out through natural breeding and the number is expected to increase further. NPDC, Sarpang is projecting a target of 14 MT turkey meat at the end of 2018 with about 200 active backyard turkey farms established in the country.
Submitted by: National Poultry Development Centre
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