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8. Evaluation of egg production after adoption of biosecurity strategies by backyard poultry farmers in West Bengal - I. Samanta, S. N. Joardar, D. Ganguli, P. K. Das and U. Sarkar

Veterinary World, 8(2): 177-182



   doi: 10.14202/vetworld.2015.177-182


I. Samanta: Department of Veterinary Microbiology, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Belgachia, Kolkata, West Bengal, India;

S. N. Joardar: Department of Veterinary Microbiology, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Belgachia, Kolkata, West Bengal, India;

D. Ganguli: Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Extension Education, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Belgachia, Kolkata, West Bengal, India;

P. K. Das: Department of Veterinary Physiology, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Belgachia, Kolkata, West Bengal, India;

U. Sarkar: Department of Animal Genetics and Breeding, West Bengal University of Animal & Fishery Sciences, Belgachia, Kolkata, West Bengal, India;

Received: 17-09-2014, Revised: 23-12-2014, Accepted: 03-01-2015, Published online: 16-02-2015

Corresponding author: I. Samanta, e-mail:

Citation: Samanta I, Joardar SN, Ganguli D, Das PK, Sarkar U (2015) Evaluation of egg production after adoption of biosecurity strategies by backyard poultry farmers in West Bengal, Veterinary World, 8(2):177-182.

Aim: On the basis of identified source of major bacterial infections at four agro-climatic zones in West Bengal the cost-effective biosecurity strategy was formulated for backyard poultry farmers. The aim of the present study was to assess the adoption. So, the study was aimed to detect the adoption level of the formulated biosecurity strategy to mitigate the Salmonella and Escherichia coli contamination level in the sources and its correlation with egg production in West Bengal.

Materials and Methods: A questionnaire was prepared querying regarding the biosecurity measures presently followed by the farmers, if any and egg production of their birds. Subsequent to the interview the formulated biosecurity strategy was conveyed. After 3 months, the interview with the same questionnaire was conducted to the same farmers to detect their adoption level.

Results: The change in practices were noted in certain parameters which differs significantly (p<0.01 or p<0.05). As a consequence, the average egg production/flock was increased in 3 months after adoption of the strategy (618.2±37.77/flock) in comparison to last 3 months average before adoption of the strategy (495.3±30.00/flock) which also differs significantly (p<0.01).

Conclusion: The present study detected the implementation of the biosecurity strategy in backyard poultry farming in West Bengal can substantially benefit the farmers in terms of increased egg production.

Keywords: adoption, backyard poultry, biosecurity strategy, egg production, West Bengal.

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