By Our Staff Reporter
Guwahati, February 21: Northeast India has got its first locally developed chicken variety thanks to a five-year research work by the College of Veteriry Science. Christened 'Kamrupa', the new variety of dual purpose chicken is of superior quality both in terms of meat content as well as egg number and size.
‘Kamrupa’ was recently released by the Vice Chancellor of Assam Agricultural University Dr KM Bujarbaruah at the conference hall of College of Veteriry Science at Khapara here.
Director of Research (Veteriry) Dr. A. Chakrabarty has expressed hopes that farmers of the region will be benefited with the new variety in terms of both meat and egg production.
While elaborating on the new variety, Dr. Niranjan Kalita, Principal Investigator and Head, Department of Poultry Science, College of Veteriry Science, said, “The specialty of this chicken variety is that it has been developed after continuous research work of five years. It has better production performance capacity in terms of both meat and egg compared to local variety. It attains 1.5-1.8 kg body weight at 20 weeks of age and can lay 120-140 eggs per year. The size of the egg is bigger and is of brown colour. Moreover, it is suitable for backyard poultry farming,” he said.
Dr KM Bujarbaruah said that ‘Kamrupa’ is the first locally developed chicken variety of its kind in entire Northeast India and has initiated a new glorious era in its poultry history.
Leaflets describing the performance of ‘Kamrupa’ have been distributed among twenty poultry farmers.