Poultry industry 'on the verge of collapse'
Recent rains have hit the poultry industry in Pakistan badly, causing
about Rs 670 million ($11.1 million) losses to poultry farmers across Sindh
Pakistan Poultry Association chairman Suhail Chaudhry said that hot weather
followed by the recent rains had brought the poultry industry on the verge of
collapse. The Poultry Association's office-bearers demanded the government
provide each poultry farmer with Rs 1 million (US$16,500) interest-free loan so
that they could rebuild their farms and sustain their businesses.
About 1.2 million broiler birds died in the months of May and June, and on
June 23, about two million birds perished. About 32.6 million broilers died
during the same period, inflicting about Rs 332 million ($5.5 million) on
There are expressed fears that increasing demand due to shortages could
create a crisis-like situation in the city, and about 30-35% increase in the
prices of the chicken birds are expected to occur due to lack of supply from the
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