Uzbekistan has implemented an initiative that distributes Serbian chickens to public sector workers as part of their paychecks in an effort to boost the domestic production of poultry and eggs.

More than 20,000 of the chicks, which are worth about 5,500 soms (US$3), have already been distributed to public sector workers in the Central Asian country's Vobkent district, in the Bukhara region, and an additional 40,000 will be handed out in the coming months. Workers get ten chicks each under the initiative.


While the government says the program is voluntary, some workers said they received the birds whether they wanted to or not; a problem for those living in apartment complexes. The government said it is considering expanding the program to other districts, and is also thinking about a cattle-for-cash program.