PUNJAB POULTRY PRODUCTION ACT 2016
(Act XLVII of 2016)
[29 October 2016]
An Act to regulate poultry production
activities in the Punjab.
necessary to register poultry premises, to improve quality of poultry
products and to ensure biosecurity measures in poultry operations; and, to
deal with ancillary matters.
Be it enacted by Provincial Assembly of the
Punjab as follows:
1. Short title, extent and commencement.–
(1)This Act may be cited as the Punjab Poultry Production Act 2016.
It extends to
whole of the Punjab.
It shall come into
force at once.
In this Act:
“Act” means the Punjab Poultry
Production Act 2016;
“Code” means the Code of Criminal
Procedure, 1898 (V of 1898);
“Government” means Government of the
“Inspector” means an Inspector
appointed under section 16 of the Act;
“owner” means an owner, lessee or
manager of a poultry premises;
“poultry” includes the species such as
chicken, turkey, quail, pheasant, duck, pigeon, peafowl, ostrich or any
other bird as the Government may, by notification, specify;
“poultry disease” means a poultry
disease defined as such by the World Organization for Animal Health
(Office International des Epizooties);
“poultry farm” means the premises for
keeping and growing more than five hundred poultry birds but shall not
include a poultry sale point exclusively used for sale of poultry;
“poultry operation” means activities
relating to poultry farm, poultry hatcheries, poultry
processing plant, or poultry disease diagnostics;
“poultry premises” includes a site of a
poultry farm, poultry hatcheries, poultry processing
plant, or poultry disease diagnostic facility;
“poultry production” means any activity
related to poultry farming, poultry hatcheries, poultry processing plant or
poultry disease diagnostics at a poultry premises;
“poultry waste” means solid or liquid
waste generated during poultry operation and such other waste as the
Government may, by notification, specify;
“prescribed” means prescribed by rules
or regulations made or framed under the Act;
“proximity” means the distance amongst
various types of poultry farms;
“Registration Authority” means
Director, Poultry Research Institute, Punjab
or such other officer as the Government may, by notification, specify;
“regulations” means the regulations
framed under the Act;
“rules” means the rules made under the
“Tribunal” means Tribunal constituted
under section 38 of the Punjab Livestock Breeding Act 2014 (XIII of 2014);
means a veterinary graduate registered with the Pakistan Veterinary
3. Registration of poultry premises.–
(1) The Registration Authority may, on the recommendation of the
Registration Committee and subject to the prescribed conditions, register a
poultry premises under this Act.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), a person shall
not establish a poultry premises or carry out poultry operation at a poultry
premises unless he holds a valid certificate of registration issued under
(3) The owner of an existing poultry premises
shall, within six months of the commencement of the Act, apply to the
Registration Committee for registration under the Act.
(4) The decision on an application for
registration of a poultry premises shall be taken within thirty days from
the receipt of the application for the purpose and the decision shall be
conveyed to the applicant.
4. Registration Committee.–
(1) The Government may, by notification, constitute one or more Registration
Committee to perform functions under the Act and assign an area to a
(2) The Registration Committee shall receive
and scrutinize an application for registration of poultry premises and send
its recommendations to the Registration Authority.
5. Prohibition on registration.–The
Registration Committee shall not recommend registration of any poultry
premises to the Registration Authority unless it is satisfied that the
criteria prescribed by or under the Act has been fulfilled and all the
information necessary for the scrutiny of the application has been provided.
6. Registration or renewal fee.–
(1) The Government shall prescribe the fee for registration and renewal of
registration of a poultry premises or a class of poultry premises.
(2) The applicant shall, in the prescribed
manner, deposit the fee for registration or renewal of registration and
attach with the application the original receipt of payment.
7. Suspension of registration.–
Where an owner, who holds a registration under the Act, is found to have
contravened any of the provisions of the Act, rules or regulations, the
Registration Authority may, after affording him or his authorized
representative an opportunity of hearing, suspend the registration by an
order stating the specific reasons of suspension along with any remedial
step or steps to be taken by the owner.
8. Cancellation of registration.–
If the owner fails to take remedial steps as required in the order of
suspension of registration issued under section 7 within fourteen days of
the communication of the order, the Registration Authority may cancel the
registration certificate after issuing a show-cause notice and hearing the
owner or his representative.
A person, whose registration has been cancelled under section 8, may apply
for new registration of the poultry premises in the prescribed manner.
10. Appellate Board.–
(1) The Government shall, by notification, constitute an Appellate Board
consisting of the chairperson and two other members for each district or for
more than one district.
(2) The owner aggrieved by a decision of the
Registration Authority may, within thirty days from the date of
communication of the decision, prefer an appeal to the Appellate Board and
the Board shall pass appropriate orders within forty five days.
11. Appeal against decision of the
Appellate Board.– Any person aggrieved by the
decision of the Appellate Board may, within thirty days from the date of
communication of the decision, prefer an appeal to Lahore High Court.
12. Requirements for establishment of
poultry farm.– (1) A person shall not
establish a new poultry farm within an aerial distance of less than five
hundred meters from human population settlements of not less than fifty
cluster houses and shall maintain the following proximity:
Broiler to broiler poultry farm
Broiler to layer poultry farm
Broiler farm to parent stock poultry
Broiler farm to grandparent stock
Layer to layer poultry farm
Layer to broiler poultry farm
Layer farm to
parent stock poultry farm
Layer farm to
grandparent stock farm
farm to parent stock poultry farm
farm to grandparent stock poultry farm
stock farm to grandparent stock poultry farm
(2) The Registration Authority shall not
register a new poultry farm unless it meets all the conditions prescribed by
or under the Act.
13. Bio-security measures.–
The owner shall adopt the prescribed measures for poultry production and
14. Fencing and poultry waste.–
The owner shall ensure that:
poultry premises is surrounded by a fence or wall as may be prescribed; and
waste is disposed of in the prescribed manner.
15. Report of poultry disease.–
(1) The owner shall immediately inform the Inspector or Registration
Authority about any outbreak or suspected outbreak of a poultry disease at
the poultry premises.
(2) An Inspector shall, as soon as possible,
report to the Registration Authority of any outbreak of a poultry disease at
any poultry premises.
The Government or any authority designated by the Government may, by
notification, appoint a veterinarian as Inspector for purposes of the Act.
17. Functions of Inspector.–
(1) An Inspector may, on his own or on the directions of the Registration
Authority or the Government, enter and inspect any poultry premises for
ascertaining that the provisions of the Act, rules or regulations have been
implemented and submit a report of inspection to the Registration Authority.
(2) The Inspector shall use or cause to be
used electronic devices to generate electronic evidence of any of his
actions while performing functions under the Act.
(3) The Inspector shall act as complainant in
a private complaint filed in the Tribunal under the Act.
18. Offence and punishments.–
(1) A person who carries on poultry operation at a poultry premises without
valid registration under the Act or who violates the minimum proximity of
poultry premises shall be liable to be punished with imprisonment for a term
which may extend to six months but which shall not be less than seven days
and with fine which may extend to five hundred thousand rupees but which
shall not be less than one hundred thousand rupees.
(2) A person who contravenes any
provision of section 14 shall be liable to be punished with imprisonment for
a term which may extend to three months but which shall not be less than
three days or with fine which may extend to five hundred thousand rupees but
which shall not be less than one hundred thousand rupees.
19. The Tribunal.–
(1) An offence punishable under the Act shall be exclusively triable by the
Tribunal in accordance with the provisions of the Code as if the Tribunal
were a court of sessions.
(2) The Tribunal may try an offence under the
Act in a summary manner in terms of Chapter XXII of the Code but
notwithstanding anything contained in the Code, the Tribunal may impose
punishment of imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or fine not
exceeding one hundred thousand rupees or both.
20. Cognizance of offence.–
The Tribunal shall not take cognizance of an offence punishable under the
Act except on the complaint of the Inspector or Registration Authority.
Any person aggrieved by a final order of the Tribunal may, within thirty
days from the date of communication of the sentence, prefer an appeal to
Lahore High Court.
A suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall not lie against the
Registration Authority, Registration Committee or an Inspector for anything
done or intended to be done in good faith under the Act.
23. Act to have overriding effect.–
The provisions of the Act shall have effect notwithstanding anything to the
contrary contained in any other law.
24. Power to make rules.–
The Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out purposes of
25. Power to frame regulations.–
(1) Subject to the Act and the rules, the Registration Authority may, by
notification, frame regulations for the matters not provided in the rules
and for which provision is necessary for carrying out the purposes of the
(2) The Government may, by notification
in the official Gazette, repeal or amend the regulations framed by the