Bihar gets award for record egg production
Bihar was conferred with the ‘Best State Award 2020’ under the India Poultry Awards 2020 category for achieving excellence in egg production with spectacular growth rate of 44.72% in the last three fiscals, four times the national average, animal husbandry and fishery resources (AHFRD) said.
AHFRD principal secretary N Vijaya Lakshmi received the award at a function held in Delhi. The organisers of the award rated Bihar’s achievements made in the poultry sector as the “mega success story”.
The department maintained that while Bihar with over 88% of people dependent on agriculture sector had been the consumer state in the non-agriculture produce like eggs and fish, spectacular growth achieved in the last three fiscals had changed the scene.
The projected growth rate for the current 2019-20 fiscal over the previous one is estimated to be 50.57% at 265 crore of egg production, while in fish production the gap between the import from the state like Andhra Pradesh and local production in Bihar has also been drastically narrowed, AHFRD added.
Egg production in the state was 100 crore in 2015-16, followed by 111 crore in 2016-17 fiscal, 122 crore in 2017-18 and 176 crore in 2018-19. The leap in the egg production growth rate has been whopping 65% in 2018-19.
As a matter of fact, remarkable growth rate has been witnessed in all the segments of non-agriculture produce in the last three fiscals – like egg production (65%), meat (19.63%), fish (18.47%) and milk (17.43%), the AHFRD said, adding that the livestock production constituted 36% of the overall contribution by the agriculture sector to the gross state domestic product (GSDP). While the sector has gone a long way in poverty reduction in the state, it has also created self-employment opportunities for the people concerned.
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes