Building construction laws put animal farm owners in a spot
Kollam: As per Kerala panchayat building rules, rearing of 15 hens, 10 rabbits requires a minimum space of one cent of land. The same is applicable for growing a cow, four goats and four pigs. The different laws that land our farmers in a spot doesn’t end here.
License required for rearing 6 cows
License is required for rearing 6 cows and more than 20 hens. The government is yet to consider the regular calls for an amendment to these rules that affect the lives of those who rear cattle or hens or ducks for a living. The amendment in this regard was increasing the number of hens that can be reared without a license.
Poultry cages dangerous
Rearing of cattle and hens are included in G-1 of Kerala Panchayat building rules. It describes conditions applicable for buildings producing dangerous products. Poultry cages and cattle sheds are also included in this category. As per this law, rearing of cattle, ducks and hens is a business but Industries department does not consider animal farms as business.
The farm licensing rules of 2011 contradicts the Panchayat building rules. As per this, rearing of 100 hens, six cows and 20 goats does not require any license. But the licenses of pollution control board and fire and rescue force is required for growing 101 hens. A minimum of four lakhs is required for buying equipment for fire safety.
In an acre of land, only 30 cents can be utilised for poultry farm with a height of 3.6 metres. The road to a 1000 square feet farm should be five metres wide.