Important terms and conditions for Quail license


Quail being a protected species, a government license is required to sell it commercially. In India, the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries is responsible to grant such license as delegated by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Several quail licenses have been already issued (more than 500 in Maharashtra State only).

Here are the important terms and conditions for Quail license as per letter No.3-22/84 - FRY (WL) dated 27.06.1997 of Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi: 

  • Validity of license up to one year from the date of issue & shall be charged Rs. 200/-, 500/-, 500/- & 1000/- each purpose respectively for farming, Trading, catering & Hatchery. It can be renewed before expiry of current license with requisite fees.
  • The purchaser should purchase quails from a license holder.
  • Issuing authority can inspect the facilities available at site any time during the period of license.
  • Nonfunctional licenses are likely to be canceled before expiry, with prior intimation.
  • Preconditions for quail farming and/or quail trading:
    • The farm should be located at not less than 4.5 to 5.0 km. away from the notified forest area if there is no human inhabitation in between.
    • The farm should be located at a distance not less than 2.5 to 3.0 km away from wildlife & forest area where there is human habitation between the farm & forest/ wildlife notified area.
    • The farm should not be closed to water logged area.
    • The farm should strictly observe bio-security measures particularly hygiene & sanitation within enclosures & provide basic health cover for the birds. Birds should not be allowed to roaming the open outside enclosures.
    • There should be adequate fencing around the farm/ building to avoid entry of stray animals & for the public to come in direct contact with birds.
    • License shall be issued subject to production of original documents for identity as follows: ration Card, Driving License, Election  I-card or Valid Identity card.
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