SCOPE OF POULTRY PRODUCTION & HATCHERY MANAGEMENT
There has been also four fold increase in the number of poultry birds and Andhra Pradesh has emerged as the largest producer of poultry birds followed by Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and West Bengal. Poultry farms on commercial scale have been developed around almost all important urban centers in the country.
Currently our poultry industry contributes more than twenty thousand crores rupees to the GNP and supports the livelihood of about two million people. The poultry has also the highest rate of growth in agricultural sector in India with a growth rate of 8-10% in eggs and 15- 20% in broilers over the last two decades. There are also more than one lakh poultry farms and about 500 hatcheries and Indian birds are specifically bred to suit hot climate.
The industry has grown largely due to the initiative of private enterprise, minimal government intervention, considerable indigenous poultry genetic capabilities and adequate support from the complementary veterinary health, poultry feed, poultry equipment and poultry processing sectors. The industry has created direct and indirect employment for 3 million people.