Big names pose threat in Assam, India
Over 1,000 poultry farmers from across Assam, India,
recently met in Jorhat to discuss the threat posed by big names in the business
that are making their footprint in the industry in the area.
The poultry business in Assam involves nearly 50,000 people. In a bid to safeguard their
interests and protect their trade from being taken over, the farmers took part in the
All Assam Poultry Farmers' Protection Committee.
Poor profit margin
A.K. Bhagawati, president of the committee, said national and multinational
companies opt for the integrated broiler production method. The firms enter into
contracts with local farmers to supply poultry feed, chicks and other materials
necessary to rear the birds. The companies then buy back the hens at a price
determined by them. This leaves Rs 3 (€0.05) for the farmers - high profits for
the companies, but a marginal profit for farmers.
â€œHere, the production cost goes up, but the market price of the bird does
not fall, ensuring high profits for the companies. In south India and West
Bengal, giant companies have taken over the industry with full control over
price, while local farmers incur losses in the long run,â€ said Bhagawati.
Restrict contract farming
One of the resolutions adopted at the meeting was to urge the big firms not
to begin contract farming in Assam. Next, the committee will urge the state
government to intervene and ensure that the interests of the local farmers are
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