ACQUISITION OF SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE THROUGH POULTRY CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMSPALWINDER SINGH, AJITPAL SINGH DHALIWAL AND GURMEET SINGH DHILLON
KVKâs serve as a source of information for farmers, farm women and rural youth through skillbased training programs for entrepreneurship development. The present work has been designed to assess the acquisition of skills and knowledge through poultry capacity building programs. Using a random sampling method, 60 poultry entrepreneurs were selected as respondents in the study. Data were collected from the respondents by asking specific questions. Research has shown that skills-based training organized by KVK has had a positive impact on the knowledge gain in various domains of poultry. The study also revealed that there was significant skill acquisition in vaccination methods (70.00%), feeding practices (67%), brooding (65%), and deep litter raising methods (40%) and debeaking (38%) after exposure to training programs. It was also observed that majorly of the entrepreneurs has high production efficiency. It was also revealed by the study that the poultry business has had a positive and tangible impact on the lives of entrepreneurs. Skills development training has a positive impact on the effective management of poultry which reduces mortality and improves the income of poultry entrepreneurs.