The recipients of the “Murghi Paal” scheme, an initiative of the previous administration that was briefly suspended by the current administration and is now being restored, will receive a total of 300 sets of chicken after Eidul Azha.
The price each set was first Rs1,050, then it was hiked to Rs1,130, and it is currently Rs1,400. Additionally, the distribution among households has been cut in half, and the subsidy offered on these sets has been reduced by 50%.
The Poultry Research Institute has delivered 2.5 million hens at a discounted price of Rs1,050 across the entire state of Punjab since the program’s launch three years ago.
One set includes a rooster, five hens, and five hens, each weighing 900 grammes. The hens typically begin laying eggs two months after they are brought to their owners’ home, producing 220 to 250 eggs annually on average.
These birds don’t need a specific diet and can survive just well on kitchen leftovers like discarded tea leaves, fruit and vegetable peels, and bread remnants.
Dr. Atif, the Murghi Paal scheme’s in charge and assistant director of the Poultry Research Institute, stated that the federal government had agreed to restart the initiative and had set aside cash for it as well.
Right after Eid, starting in Rawalpindi, we will distribute these poultry sets throughout the province, said Dr. Atif, who also noted that the entire flock is born and raised at the institute’s 12 locations throughout Punjab.
Rawalpindi, Dina, Jhelum, Gujrat, Dera Ghazi Khan, Mianwali, Bhakkar, Lahore, Attock, Sargodha, Multan, Bahawalpur, and Bahawalnagar are among the cities where there are chicken farms.
Dr. Atif continued, “We exclusively produce chickens of the best breeds and do not receive any government funding for their rearing.
The Murghi Paal and Katta Farba projects in Rawalpindi were suspended by the Rawalpindi livestock department not long after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was overthrown.
The poultry and calf farming initiatives have been put on hold until the next prime minister issues an order, according to the livestock department.
Thousands of flocks of domestic and farm hens and calves were being dispersed throughout Punjab under the poultry programme, including in the Rawalpindi district.
The Katta Farba programme sought to prohibit the killing of calves and raise them rather than kill them for meat so that they may be raised for higher levels of productivity.
The Katta Farba plan also offered rewards to people who raised calves.
According to a senior livestock department official who spoke on the record under the condition of anonymity, the government’s interest in the programme started to decline four months ago. He said that more than 0.1 million demands in Rawalpindi alone could not be fulfilled owing to a lack of funding and the non-supply of new chicks.
The official claimed that the implementation of the poultry and calf programmes had all but ceased with the fall of the PTI administration and the election of Shehbaz Sharif as the new prime minister.
Fortunately for the program’s participants, the current administration is currently resuming the Murghi Paal plan after Eidul Azha, even though