With two vaccinators in the Killoguda cluster, disease that wipes out the
entire stock has been reduced. We have no manpower and vaccination
covered only 40 % of chicken. Now the programme has considerably improved
the situation, says S. Ganeswara Rao, veterinary surgeon at Paderu.
However, coordinator for the district K. Uday Kumar feels stocking vaccine
locally would further make vaccination easy.
"Earlier, we were not able to take care of our birds and lost them to
disease or predatory animals. Now we are able to secure them, says
village elder Narasimha Rao.
Mr. Sanyasi Rao says while the feed converts into meat in desi birds it
simply increases weight in broiler chicken. Meat of desi birds tastes
better and chicken are in the productive cycle for three years.
"Children are refusing to eat broiler chicken and are waiting for crop
festival or some other ritual to taste the chicken raised by us," Mr.
Narsinga Rao says.
Cluster coordinator Ammaji of NGO Sanjeevini says the colour of the
chicken is prescribed for each festival and raising desi birds helps
tribals fulfil their sentiment as well.