Poultry farmers demand promised maize supply
Poultry farmers in India have urged government officials to take
steps to urgently supply 500,000 tonnes of maize, allotted by the Agriculture
Ministry several months ago.
Tamil Nadu Egg Coordination Committee president Nallathampi says that farmers
have not yet received the maize, to be supplied as feed for poultry at Rs 3.50
per kilo, as promised by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
farmers were now buying maize from the open market at Rs 6.50 per kg,
He said the farmers were going through harsh times
as eight among them had committed suicide in the Namakkal district in the past
However, the industry is believed to be slowly
recovering, with more than 20 million eggs sold daily and 1 million exported to
the Middle East.
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