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Stringent norms, lack of coordination put agri-entrepreneurs at bay

Palakkad: The lack of coordination among various departments in the animal husbandry sector and the stringent norms followed by gaushalas are discouraging potential entrepreneurs.

Although the Farm Building Construction Norms have been amended, the rules relating to licensing in livestock – Licensing Farms – 2012 – have yet to be changed.

As per the revised construction norms in 2020, panchayat approval is not required to build corrals and coops for 20 cattle, 50 goats and up to 1,000 chickens. However, a local body license is required to raise five cows, five pigs, 20 goats, 25 rabbits or 100 chickens.

Now, here’s the catch. To apply for a license, the building – manger or coop – must have a number. Hence, the benefit of the revised manufacturing norms is not available to the entrepreneur.

Additionally, there is a mismatch between the licensing criteria and the recommendations of the Kerala Veterinary University on the location required for each species. Scientific recommendation is 30 square feet for rearing 15 chickens, the licensing norm mandates one percent land.

The Kerala Panchayat Raj Act has several provisions that allow the health department, local bodies and police to register cases against cattle ranchers and order closure of farms. Many migrants forced to return home due to COVID-19, who tried to start a farm, are in distress due to the strict norms.

Stringent norms, lack of coordination put agri-entrepreneurs at bay

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