29th March 2014, Gangtok
ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre, Tadong, Gangtok organized a Vanaraja Chicks distribution-cum-Training Programme under the Tribal Sub Plan on 29th March, 2014 at Sajong village of East Sikkim.
Dr. R.K. Avasthe, Joint Director, ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre emphasized upon the importance of backyard poultry farming under changing climes of mountainous ecosystems. He also explained benefits of Vanaraja poultry birds over the indigenous fowl in back yard poultry farming.
During the programme, Dr. Brijesh Kumar interacted with the farmers and suggested methods for maintaining the hygienic housing which is one of the most imperative poultry management practices. He also informed that Ranikhet disease is the most important disease under free range poultry farming.
Dr. Raghavendra Singh, Senior Scientist; Dr. Ashish Yadav, Senior Scientist; Dr. Subhash Babu, Scientist; Dr. Janak Singh; and Shri B. Lepcha also expressed their views on the integrated management options for improving the rural livelihoods of tribes.
This programme was organized with the aim to popularize the Vanaraja poultry bird in Sikkim by practicing backyard farming to improve the livelihood security of tribal farmers of the state. Necessary inputs like feed ingredients, medicines etc along with day old chicks were distributed to 80 beneficiaries of seven Self Help Groups.
(Source: ICAR-RC for NEH Region, Sikkim Centre)