Pakistan poultry industry faces more struggles
Almost 1,100 poultry farms are on the verge of closure in Karachi,
The Sindh Board of Revenue and
its Land Utilisation Department appear reluctant to extend the poultry farm leases
for another 30 years.
â€œWe are already bearing the brunt of 1.8 million birds that perished in the
recent rains and the hot spell. If our land leases are not renewed, it will be
another setback to the industry,â€ said Central Convener of the Pakistan Poultry
Association (PPA), Maroof Siddiqui.
The present lease agreement is nearing the end of its term and poultry
farmers are desperate to convince the department to renew their leases so that
they continue doing business and making a living. If the leases are not
extended, thousands of workers in the industry would be rendered jobless and
huge investments made by the farmers would come to nothing.
According to Siddiqui, around 1.8 million square feet area covered by sheds
have been completely destroyed in the recent heavy rains and total losses to the
industry were amounted to be Rs 670 million (US$11 million).
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