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Economic Assessment of Seasonal Variations in the Poultry Farming: The Case of District Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Economic Assessment of Seasonal Variations in the Poultry Farming: The Case of District Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Muhamamd Naeem1 and Murad Khan2* 

1Assistant Professor, University of Swabi, Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan; 2Economist (consultant in a project of World Bank) at Federal Board of Revenue, Islamabad.

dr.khanzai@yahoo.com  

ABSTRACT

The study was conducted in district Nowshera during August-September 2010 to make an economic assessment of seasonal variations in the poultry industry. There were 400 poultry farms in district Nowshera but the preliminary survey showed 127 operational poultry farms scattered over in the study area. Out of total farms, 60 firms were selected randomly. To capture the seasonal variation and effects of different factors on seasonal fluctuations in the poultry industry, a descriptive statistic as well as OLS technique was used. The main cost of winter season consists of feed cost, lighting cost, the price of day old chicks, breeding cost, medication and vaccination cost. These costs were high in the winter season than the summer season. The mortality rates were also high in the winter season. The lighting cost was comparatively less in summer season. Broiler and breeding cost was also low. The consumption of breeding was less and the price of broiler was low in the summer season as compared to winter season but revenue and production were higher due to high demand and consumption in winter season than the summer season. The paper also show major factors that affect poultry production. Poultry business should be encouraged through the provision of inputs on subsidised prices. 

 

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Sarhad Journal of Agriculture

June

Vol. 35, Iss. 2, Pages 320-662

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