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Jaya's welfare schemes for animal husbandy, poultry, fishing sectors

Posted on Aug 03, 01:15PM | UNI

In a bid to improve the economic conditions of those living in rural areas, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today announced a host of welfare measures, including higher quantum of subsidised diesel for fishermen.

An official press release here said 20 veterinary hospitals will be opened at a cost of Rs six crore in a bid to make available such services closer to those living in villages.

To provide a boost to poultry industry, she announced two new poultry clusters-one for Villupuram Zone and other Sankarankoil Zone.

Villupuram, Cuddalore, Ariyalur and Perambalur Districts would come under Villupuram Zone while Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Virdhunagar come under Sankarankoil Zone.

A sum of Rs 20.31 crore has been allocated for the purpose. Under the scheme, farmers can set up poultry farms with capacity to house 1,000 to 5,000 broiler chicken.

In a bid to encourage country chicken breeding in 16 districts of Tamil Nadu, a sum of Rs 2.04 crore has been allocated.

Under this, as many as 35 poultry farms, each housing 250 birds, will come up in each district.

Considering the welfare of the fishing community, M S Jayalalithaa has decided to increase the quantity of subsidised diesel to fishermen using boats fitted with outboard motors from 200 litre to 250 litre.

This will entail an additional expenditure of Rs 37.25 lakh.

Besides, fishermen in Tirunelveli, Tuticorin and Kanniyakumari districts will get additional diesel of up to 100 litre at open market prices.