In an effort to help the ailing poultry industry in the state, the Maharashtra government will provide financial assistance of Rs 20 per bird to the poultry farm owners in rest of Maharashtra, except the areas affected by bird flu and spend around Rs 80 crore for this purpose.
"The poultry farm business in the state is under serious threat of survival, as it has lost its market due to fear of bird flu. Taking a serious note of this, we are going to provide assistance in areas which were not affected by the bird flu, but have suffered losses", animal husbandry minister anees Ahmed informed the Legislative Council.
The decision was taken during the cabinet meeting, under which the government proposed to hire cold storages in various parts of the state to allow the poultry owners preserve their products, especially eggs, he added.
Announcing various measures to help the poutry business, the government plans to request the centre to supply perished food stocks in the godown of the Food Corporation of India to the poultry farmers for feeding their birds.The government will also ask its hospitals, hostels and jails to prioritise egg consumption in their meal, as this could help the business to a great extend.