Mumbai, Apr 7 (PTI) The Maharashtra government and Tata Trusts have come together to finance the state’s first poultry company to be run and owned by tribal women, Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar today said.

In collaboration with the Tata Trusts, one of the country’s oldest philanthropic organisations, the state government has brought together 1,000 women in Mool, Ponbhurna and Gond Pimpri in Chandrapur to form the Ponbhurna Women Poultry Producers Company Ltd, the minister said.

As part of the project, 300 women have been given poultry sheds and each of them would be given 400 chicks every day.

After rearing them for 40 days, the poultry will be sold and the project envisages an income between Rs 6,000 to Rs 8,000 for each woman over a 40-day period, officials said.

The state government has contributed Rs 12 crore while Tata Trusts has given Rs 3 crore to finance the project, officials said, adding that an agreement had been signed with an NGO, Pradhan, to operate the project.

This initiative would be implemented in other tribal talukas under the state’s Human Development Programme, they added.

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