Organic egg research project near completion
Indian consumers could soon expect to eat locally
grown organic eggs, with a tripartite research project nearing
The research project to develop organically grown eggs and describe their
advantages over eggs and poultry developed the traditional way, has completed
three phases and is currently under discussion and evaluation with the
Department of Biotechnology.
When complete, the organic egg project could provide a boost for the
domestic poultry industry, which recently went through a severe crisis after the
outbreak of the dreaded bird
"The project is designed to develop the right technology for producing
organically grown eggs and pass it on to farmers so that they can then take it
to grab a huge potential for the product, largely in the export markets," said
PDRC representative Mr Singh. The project was kicked off more than two years ago
and industry sources say that it is now close to completion.
"In addition to the fact that it will get Indian farmers an entry into the
overseas market where there is a large demand for organic produce, the eggs will
also go into nutritional supplements for women and children. There will be
significant difference in the fatty acid profile, the quality of protein and the
iron content, among other things, in the organic egg," Mr Singh said.
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