Indian Poultry farmers demand supply of maize

by 5m Editor
21 June 2006, at 12:00am

INDIA - Poultry farmers here have urged the government officials concerned to take steps for the early supply of five lakh tonnes of maize, allotted by the Union Agriculture Ministry a few months back. Tamil Nadu Egg Co-ordination Committee president Nallathampi told reporters that the farmers had not yet received the maize, used as feed for poultry, as promised by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar to provide the grain at Rs 3.50 per kg. The farmers were now buying maize from the open market at Rs 6.50 per kg which they found unaffordable, Nallathampi said. He said the farmers were going through harsh times as eight among them had committed suicide in the district during the past few months. The industry here had incurred a loss of Rs 500 crore. Source: Chennai Online

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