National Egg Coordination Committee (NECC) has appealed to the Government of India to allot
at least 2.0 million tons of damaged Wheat, Paddy and/or
Broken Rice - unfit for human consumption - for use in poultry feed, as a
partial substitute for maize so as to enable the farmers to tide over the
unprecedented crisis caused due to acute
shortage and steep increase in the price of maize and soya meal in the domestic
market. It's one of the worst crisis in the History of the Poultry Industry. NECC sources said that during the past few
years, and particularly during the past one year, there was
a significant increase in the price of Maize due to various reasons beyond the
control of farmers, such as increased volume of exports and diversion of significant volumes of maize for production of
bio-fuel in Bihar, which is a major maize-producing State.
The price of maize in the domestic market has increased from Rs.18,000/- per ton
during the last year, to approximately Rs. 25,000/- per ton presently - and" it is expected to increase
further to Rs.30,000/- per ton.
NECC has stated that due to such increase in maize price,
the average cost of production has gone up from Rs.4.00 per
egg last year, to Rs.4.75 - Rs.5.00 presently. However, average farm gate
price is hovering around Rs.3.50 per egg. thus resulting in a net loss
of Rs. 1.50 to 1.75 per egg for the
farmers. Unable to withstand such continuous losses, thousands of small and marginal
farmers, and even breeders have already shut down
or suspended or scaled down their operations.
Most of the farmers and breeders are on the verge of insolvency.
Under these circumstances’ partial
substitution of maize with other
cheaper commodities is the only viable option to
help the farmers to retain their means of livelihood, as well as
to ensure that eggs and chicken would continue to be available to the poorer
sections of the consumers at an affordable price. NECC sources
said - "we are hopeful that the Government would respond favorably to our
appeal and come to the rescue of farmers and allot the damaged grains for
production of poultry feed, and enable the farmers to tide over the crisis and
continue to retain their only means of Livelihood"
Post Date: 25 Apr 2022