Poultry industry demands action
The Pakistan Poultry Association has urged the
Pakistan government to facilitate the export of hatching eggs to the Middle
East, and to provide subsidies for crops used in poultry feed, including maize,
sun flower and canola.
Mir Tahir Ali Zaid, Central Chairman of the Pakistan Poultry Association,
made these demands at a press conference last week, noting that the low prices
of day-old broiler chicks and live broilers is leading to losses of millions of
rupees every day.
He reported that broiler-hatching eggs are being sold as table eggs - at a
loss of 50 percent of production costs. He said that this price crisis is having
a stronger impact on the poultry industry than the bird flu outbreaks of early
Now that Pakistan has been declared bird-flu
free, surplus production should be exported with government support to prevent
the loss of billions of rupees and earn valuable foreign exchange, he
The government should also provide subsisides for poultry feed crops, such
as corn, sorgum, sunflower, canola and soybeans, while making concerted efforts
to increase these crops.
Zaid said that consumer education should focus on increasing local
consumption of protein sources such as chicken.
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