Government decides to resume ‘Murghi Paal’ scheme after Eid-ul-Azha

In a bid to revive the ‘Murghi Paal’ scheme, the government plans on distributing a total of 300 sets of poultry after Eid-ul-Azha. The poultry sets will be distributed among the beneficiaries of the scheme.
Initially sold for Rs. 1,050 per set, the price was revised to Rs. 1,130 and has now increased to Rs. 1,400. Moreover, the subsidy given on these sets has been slashed by 50 percent and distribution among households has been halved.

Why was the Murghi Paal scheme suspended?

Murghi Paal scheme, an initiative of the erstwhile government, was briefly suspended by the incumbent government. Soon after the dissolution of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, the Rawalpindi livestock department had put a halt to Murghi Paal and Katta Farba schemes in Rawalpindi.

The livestock department said:

The poultry and calf farming schemes have been suspended till the order of the new prime minister.

A senior official of the livestock department (speaking on condition of anonymity) said:

The government’s interest in the programme had begun to wane four months ago. Due to a lack of funds and non-supply of new chickens, requests of more than 0.1 million applications in Rawalpindi alone could not be processed. With the end of the PTI government and the appointment of Shehbaz Sharif as the new prime minister, the implementation of the poultry and calf programmes had been practically stopped.

Details of the Katta Farba scheme

Under the poultry scheme, thousands of flocks of domestic and farm chickens and calves were being distributed across Punjab including in the Rawalpindi division.

The Katta Farba programme aimed to stop the genocide of calves, encouraging farmers to raise them instead of slaughtering them for meat so that they can be raised for higher prices. Rewards were also being given to those who grew calves under the Katta Farba scheme.

Details of the Murghi Paal scheme

Since the scheme’s inception three years ago, the Poultry Research Institute has distributed a total of 2.5 million chickens at the subsidised rate of Rs. 1,050 all over the province of Punjab.

One set consists of five hens and a rooster, with all chickens weighing 900 grams each. The hens usually start laying eggs two months after arriving at their owners’ place, averaging 220 to 250 eggs per year. These chickens require no special diet and live quite well on leftover kitchen scraps such as fruit and vegetable peels, used tea leaves, and residual pieces of bread.

Government’s Decision to Resume the Scheme

Poultry Research Institute Assistant Director and Murghi Paal scheme Incharge Dr Atif said:

The federal government has decided to resume this programme and has reserved funds for it as well. We will be distributing these poultry sets across the province right after Eid, starting with Rawalpindi.

He further shared:

The entire flock is born and bred at the institute’s 12 centres throughout Punjab. The poultry farms are located in Rawalpindi, Dina, Jhelum, Gujrat, Dera Ghazi Khan, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Lahore, Attock, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur and Bahawalnagar. We only raise chickens of the finest breeds and do not take any funds for their rearing from the government.

The beneficiaries of the scheme are joyous as the incumbent government is resuming the Murghi Paal scheme after Eidul Azha. Let’s see what progress these schemes bring to Pakistan’s livestock industry.

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