Pakistan struggles with poultry feed crisis
Pesticides and insecticides banned in developed
countries around the world are being freely used in Pakistan and are a major
causes of poisoned poultry feed.
This was a statement made by Dr A. A. Qureshi, a professor of physiology at
the University of Karachi and pathologist in charge at the K&N Avian Disease
Diagnostic & Research Institute.
â€These pesticides and insecticides produce Afla toxins that make poultry
feed poisonous,â€ he said, adding that in many parts of Europe, for example,
where the grains that are fed to the birds is kept in dilos, in Pakistan there
is lack of proper harvesting, storage and transportation facilities. Here, the
grains are stored in hot climates and, additionally, there are no quality
control measures for such grains.
â€The Pakistan Standards Institute (PSI) has evolved standards for poultry
feed, but unfortunately it has not become a law as yet,â€ said Dr Qureshi.
spokesman of Pakistan Poultry Association says that the shortage of of grains
that are essential ingredients of poultry feed has also generated a crisis.
â€Wheat is an essential part of poultry feed, but since it has become a scarce
commodity lately, the production of feed has suffered,â€ he said.
Much poultry feed is needed in Pakistan, as can be seen by the 6.95 mln
bags of poultry feed each containing 50 kg of feed which are used in Punjab
alone whereas the sale in megalopolis Karachi ranges between two to 2.5 mln
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