PM’s Backyard Poultry Initiative launched to help fight malnutrition
- PM’s Backyard Poultry Initiative aims at providing five million pre-vaccinated high laying birds across the country.
- The facility can help with poverty alleviation as the person who starts with only a few hens can get a stock of multiple hens just with the passage of three to four months.
Ministry of National Food Security and Research with the Government of Punjab has launched the ‘Backyard Poultry Initiative’ of the premier at the Poultry Research Institute this Monday, a media report read.
Backyard poultry initiative taken by the incumbent government can help the people in many ways: it allows families to increase their income as chickens just go on increase in numbers and easy to take care of, it can substantiate the nutritional requirement of the people as it provides both eggs and meat. The facility can help with poverty alleviation as the person who starts with only a few hens can get a stock of multiple hens just with the passage of three to four months.
The initiative aims at providing five million pre-vaccinated high laying birds across the country including the Federal Capital Territory, AJK, and Gilgit Baltistan. The 30 percent cost of the project would be borne by the government whilst remaining cost would be shared by the beneficiaries.
Minister of National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan and Provincial Minister for Livestock and Dairy Development Sardar Husnain Bahadur Dreshak and PTI’s Jahangir Khan Tareen inaugurated the project. The birds and chickens were also distributed at the event.
“This programme is one of the steps for the provision of animal protein and other food nutrients to under-nourished population,” said Sahibzada Mehboob Sultan referring to the premier’s first-ever speech in which he expressed his concerns for stunted growth in children due to malnutrition.
According to the National Nutrition Survey 2018-19, 40 percent of children up to 5 years of age in Pakistan have different physical and mental health issues and the country ranks at third in the menace according to the survey conducted by UNICEF.
He also told that the 5 million chickens would be distributed at the subsidized rates, adding that we need to take concrete steps to address the issues in small children and to achieve zero hunger target.
Mehboob Sultan also said that the project could prove vital for our women especially for those who reside in rural areas. This initiative would strengthen them economically as well as physically.
PTI leader Jahangir Khan Tareen said that after the successful completion of these projects we are hoping that Pakistan would be able to agricultural products instead of importing., The Express Tribune reported.
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