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Indian government promotes poultry through National Livestock Mission

Delhi: Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh launched a National Livestock Mission (NLM) to promote poultry farming in the country on Wold Egg Day on 14th October at Pusa in New Delhi.

Singh said that only 63 eggs per person per year is available in India against 180 eggs per person required according to the norms of the National Nutrition Institute.

National Egg Coordination Committee, Compound Livestock Feed Manufacturers Association of India, Animal Health Companies, Poultry Federation of India and Poultry Association took active role in the programme.

The minister said that to increase egg production by three times many steps have been taken. For example poultry farming is being promoted under the component of entrepreneurship development and employment generation.

On this occasion, he said that awareness should be created among the people about the nutrition values of eggs. Doctors, nutrition specialists, egg processing industries and related policy makers can play a vital role in this.

One out of four children up to five years is suffering from malnutrition. Eggs can help a lot in combating malnutrition with high nutrition contents .It is a very good source of Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, B12, Amino acid and Folate, Iron, Phosphorus and Selenium, he added.