Poultry industry faces another huge struggle
The Pakistan poultry industry is struggling once
again, as devastating heat waves, frequent load shedding and power break downs
are proving fatal for poultry.
Breeding flocks, commercial broilers and laying birds have suffered
unprecedented mortality in recent weeks. Some farms experienced mortality rates
as high as 25%. A drop in the production of hatching eggs, table eggs and
broiler weight gain has caused huge economic consequences for the industry.
There will be a significant reduction in the supply of poultry in Pakistan
throughout the coming months. According to Mir Tahir Zaidi, chairman of the
Pakistan Poultry Association, this has and will continue to create a gap in
demand and supply.
He said, paradoxically, that the society will blame poultry producers for
manipulating poultry prices and will hold them responsible for price hike.
Poultry feed prices have gone up by 22% - the highest ever in one calendar
year. These prices are likely to inflate further due to unavailability of broken
rice for the first time in history of feed industry in Pakistan.
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