Poultry industry wants zoning to be reality

INDIA - The poultry industry, which has suffered a Rs 9,000 crore loss after reports of bird flu, and the 15 million farmers who supply feed materials are looking ahead with renewed hope after agriculture minister Sharad Pawar assured them of a new assistance package.

The poultry industry in Tamil Nadu is very enthusiastic about the minister’s support for the much-awaited ‘zoning’ programme to facilitate movement of poultry products nationally and internationally from the earmarked zones. The Tamil Nadu government and industry had been asking for the creation of such zones.

Industry sources from Coimbatore said if there was an epidemic or any other problem in a particular zone, it could be isolated and other zones could continue with business. This would prevent the repetition of the recent catastrophe wherein the entire poultry industry had to suffer for a minor incident of disease in Maharashtra.

The minister has also agreed to release 5.3 lakh tonne of maize and broken rice to the poultry farmers following a meeting with the National Egg Co-ordination Committee (NECC) delegation led by its chairperson Anuradha Desai in New Delhi on Thursday.

Source: The Financial Express
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