Poultry farming has historically played a major role as an income generating enterprise in Nepal and continues to be popular and growing rapidly. It has become one of the major sources of food security and protein for the growing Nepali population, both urban and rural. In the commercial sector, around 75 million broiler chickens are reared annually as a source of meat. The size of the poultry population has significantly increased in the recent years. The present population of laying hens is 7,290,875 producing 63,460,000 eggs. In addition 17,551 metric tons of poultry meat is produced.
Increased production leads to challenges in bio-security, disease surveillance and management as well as ensuring food security. It is also imperative to manage diseases like Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease as they extensively hinder poultry production in Nepal.
We are delighted to organize a workshop and conference to bring together stakeholders from various organizations involved from production till consumption of poultry-related products. Expert insights from vaccine manufacturers, government health officials, poultry farmers and distributors, veterinarians, researchers, and international organizations would provide a unique perspective into the current state of the poultry industry in Nepal and its current advances as well as limitations. Moreover, it would provide farm owners access to substantial knowledge regarding poultry health and products to ensure viability of their chickens that they would not get elsewhere.
Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal, Intrepid Nepal Pvt. Ltd., and BIOVAC Nepal Pvt. Ltd. are in the forefronts of Biotechnology based disease management in Nepal. And with their close collaborations with both national and international partners, a consorted effort is now underway to bring the latest in poultry production technologies in Nepal. And it is our sincere wish to see all the important stakeholders working together to enhance economic activities within the country, and make Nepal an exemplary country to develop modern poultry industry.