Poultry industry suffers Rs 670 million losses

KARACHI - Recent rains have hit the poultry industry badly, causing about Rs 670 million losses to poultry farmers across Sindh province, said Pakistan Poultry Association (Sindh zone) Chairman Suhail Chaudhry. Addressing a press conference along with the association's convenor of the press and public relations sub-committee Abdul Maroof Siddiqui at Karachi Press Club on Tuesday.
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He 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 of the government to provide each poultry farmer with rupees one million interest-free loan so that they could sustain their businesses in the face of huge financial losses.

"During May and June, about 1.2 million broiler birds died and only on June 23, about two million birds perished" they said. About 0.3 million lair birds died, causing Rs 36.6 million losses to the poultry farmers, they pointed out, and added that about 32.6 million broilers died during the same period, inflicting about Rs 332 million on them.

They said the demand of the broiler birds are about 0.6 to 0.7 million in Karachi, and expressed fears that such increasing demand due to shortage could create crisis-like situation in the city. "About 30 percent to 35 percent increase in the prices of the chicken birds are expected to occur due to lack of supply from the poultry farms," they pointed out.

They also demanded of the government to declare Sindh and Balochistan rain-hit areas as "calamity hit" and grant one million rupees interest-free loan to each farmer to help them rebuild their farms. They also demanded that the period of lease of the poultry land should be extended for the next 30 years and the grabbed land of the poultry farmers should be evacuated from the land mafia in parts of Karachi, Hyderabad and elsewhere in the province.

Source: Pakissan.com
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