Pakistan poultry industry struggling with added costs

20-06-2008 | |

The poultry industry in Pakistan, like the rest of the world, has been hit by high feed and energy costs. However, the government’s policy on import of parent stock, day-old chicks and poultry meat also hampers its growth.

The News reports that this is how poultry farmers, breeders and poultry feed manufacturers feel about the current situation.
The cost of raising birds has risen sharply as prices of soybean meal, constituting 25% of poultry feed, increased from $200/t $460/t in one year.
Other poultry farmers in the country have said that the cost of vaccinating broilers has risen as well, adding extra pressure on farmers.
Loadshedding had added even more pressure to the poultry industry. Many farmers have built closed sheds that are ventilated using fans and coolers. The problem that many farmers are experiencing is high mortality when the electricity is cut off, for over an hour.
This is especially a problem during summer months, forcing many farmers to spend money on generators to ensure uninterrupted supply of electricity, but adding additional costs.