Gramapriya-An Egg Producer in Rural areas
Introduction to Gramapriya Chicken Breed:
Gramapriya is a multi-coloured egg purpose chicken variety developed at Directorate of Poultry Research, Hyderabad, for free range and rural backyard rearing. This bird lays a number of eggs than native chickens and eggs are tinted brown in colour and heavier than native chicken eggs. This bird has better adaptability to adverse conditions and better immunocompetence.
Gramapriya chicken is a layer type variety developed for free-range farming in rural and tribal areas. It has coloured plumage and lays brown eggs with an average egg weight of 55-60 g. It is hardy and livability is very high. The body weight at 12 weeks ranges from 1.2 to 1.5 Kg. The annual egg production is about 150-160 eggs under field conditions in farmers backyards. The male bird’s meat is tender and especially suitable for tandoori preparations. The performance of the birds can be further enhanced in free-range conditions with minimum supplementary feeding.
Advantages of Gramapriya chicken poultry farming:
a) Alleviates protein malnutrition in vulnerable groups viz. expectant women, feeding mothers and children.
b) Waste material (insects, ants, fallen grains, green grass, kitchen waste, vegetable waste etc.) can be efficiently converted into the egg and chicken meat for human consumption.
c) Minimizes environmental pollution per unit poultry produce, which is otherwise a major problem with intensive poultry farming.
d) Provides additional income to rural households (women).
e) Integrates well with other agricultural operations.
f) Aids in enhancing the soil fertility in backyards (15 chickens produce 1- 1.2 kg of manure/ day).
g) Produce of rural poultry farming fetches high price compared to those produce from intensive poultry farming.
h) This breed chicken has more immune powerless feed cost and they survive in most of the climatic conditions.
For Country Chicken Farming: Read here.
For More Information about Gramapriya Farming, Download Brochure here: Download Brochure
Read: Vegetable Farming.